Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

"Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." And to another he said, "Follow me." Luke 9:58-59

Happy Feast Day!

The most difficult thing for us humans is to give up our comfort zone. What we have gained through the years is mostly material in nature. Jesus calls to us daily to "Follow me," to leave what we have behind to sell off what we owe and make our home with him. Since Jesus has nowhere to rest his head we wonder where our new home will be then.

Jesus is everywhere and busier than we could ever be, that is why he has no place to rest his head. He is on call 24/7, ready to receive us when we say yes and follow him. He gave up far more than we will ever give up , just to free us from sin. His job is one we are afraid to take on. One that entails being on call 24/7 too. But we forget that he shares the yoke with us.

Since we are not Divine in nature, we do have a place where we can rest our heads, to refresh ourselves. The only place that we know of that we can go to and see Jesus, is the Tabernacle where he temporarily resides waiting for us to visit. He is ever present in the Blessed Sacrament where he is able to touch each and every one of us personally when we let him in.

In the reading we are given examples of excuses we give to not follow Jesus. Let the dead bury the dead he says, because they have no life unless it is lived in God.

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