Luke 9:51-62 (Proper 8)

The Chosen One has Nowhere to Rest, KPB Stevens, gouache & concentrated watercolor, 2022

Luke 9:51-62

As the time approached when he was to be taken from this world, Jesus firmly resolved to proceed toward Jerusalem and sent messengers on ahead. They entered a Samaritan town to make preparations for him, but the Samaritans wouldn’t welcome Jesus because his destination was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Rabbi, do you want us to call down fire from heaven and destroy them?” But Jesus turned and reprimanded them. 

Then they set off for another town. As they were making their way along, they met a fellow traveler who said to Jesus, “I’ll follow you wherever you go.” 

Jesus replied, “Foxes have lairs, the birds of the sky have nests, but the Chosen One has nowhere to rest.” 

To another traveler Jesus said, “Follow me.” 

The traveler replied, “Let me bury my father first.” 

Jesus said in return, “Let the dead bury their dead; you go and proclaim the reign of God everywhere.” 

Yet another traveler approached Jesus in this way: “I’ll be your follower, Rabbi, but first let me say goodbye to my people at home.” 

Jesus answered, “Whoever puts a hand to the plow but keeps looking back is unfit for the reign of God.”

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