LET US FOLLOW JESUS FAITHFULLY
????Neh 2:1-8; Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 (R.v.6ab); Luke 9:57-62
Have you ever nursed the desire to follow Jesus or even promised him that you would follow him, but find yourself lagging behind? Don’t worry. There is only one thing you need to do now. Tell Jesus himself to help you follow him. You can never do it it well on your own.
He is the one who calls, as well as the sustainer of the call and the defender of the called. If you focus on him, you will be secured, but if you allow the worries of life to remove your gaze from him, you will get drowned (see Matt 14:28-31).
Nehemiah knew that the task of getting his desire to come through would be hard, but he knew that with God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). Even though he was at work, he never allowed his work to distract him; he first prayed to God for help (Neh 1:4, 2:4), and God helped him (Neh 2:8).
Like Nehemiah, St. Francis of Assisi, whose Memorial we celebrate today trusted on divine providence all his life. He was born into a noble and wealthy family but he denounced the comfort of such nobility and embrace a life of service to the poor. There was never a poor man that came to the gate of his monastery and left without being fed. He believed that God would always provide.
May God help us to follow the examples of Nehemiah and St. Francis so as to follow Jesus faithfully without giving excuses (see Luke 9:57-62). Amen.
I wish you a grace-filled day. Peace be with you.