A NEW KIND OF COMFORT
“As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’” (Lk 9: 57-60)
A daily decision to follow Christ “wherever He goes” is not always “comfortable,” in the merely-human sense of that word. There is another kind of “comfort” we find in the Spirit of God, the Comforter, when we place our will and our life in His hands and let Him lead the way, saying, Thy will be done.
So let me take comfort today, in God’s Spirit of humility, patience, and gratitude, if He’s removed from me some external “comforts” that may have propped me up in the past, like a “hole” or a “nest” in which I could hide, or past fellowship and sense of community with “the walking dead.” “Let the dead bury their own dead,” my Lord says to me today. “But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Let me do that today, in whichever way I am called to do, in true usefulness to myself and others.