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Let the Dead Bury their Dead – Who is First?

Fr. Walter Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

June 30, 1998
   
 

13th Week of Year                                                                                                 

SAM =   St Augustine Monastery, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

IN TODAY’S GOSPEL...(MT 8:21-22)...Jesus Christ, as the Son of God, places Himself FIRST before ALL OUR

Human & Earthly Concerns.  “ One of His Disciples said to Him...Lord let me go first & bury my Father...

...but Jesus said to him.....”Follow ME, & let the Dead bury their Dead.”

                            

YOU WOULD THINK that Our Lord would say something like...”well OK...go bury your Father first.”  But NO!

Christ says...all such matters must be put aside.  GOD MUST BE FIRST in our Life. ( Note: There are more than

 33 times where we find in the New Testament....references to “FOLLOW ME.”

 

THIS INVITATION goes out to ALL MANKIND.  We are to follow Christ...& Listen to Christ’s call. He wants us

 to ...OBEY His Commands.....COOPERATE with His Grace...SEEK His Truth...& do so with our whole HEART,

our whole SOUL & our whole MIND.

 

CHRIST CAME to call us Sinners...but NOT the Self-Righteous...those who think they have no Sins to Confess...

....or not many sins.   Our Lord always looks into the Hearts of us sinners. God sees the real possibilities...

.....& the Real HOPE of us growing still closer to the Good God.

 

OUR LORD ONCE SAID....LK 7:47...”I say to you her sins, many as they are, shall be forgiven because she has

 loved much.  But to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”   Those who have fallen into...Serious or Mortal Sin

...know the bitter after-taste...the sense of Guilt...of Disgust...the sense of  Being Lost.  

 

 NOTE the Church has always taught that SERIOUS = MORTAL. There is NO SUCH THING as a Serious Sin that

 is not,...AT THE SAME TIME, MORTAL. The word “MORTAL”  is from the Latin “to die”...meaning the Loss of

Heaven & assignment to Eternal HELL...where there will be MT 8:12...WEEPING & GNASHING OF TEETH.

This is what is known as the EFFECTS OF SIN....which can be Physical, Mental and/or Moral.  Such are also

called “the FRUITS of SIN.” 

 

ALL SINNERS know what Our Lord’s Invitation to “Come Follow Me” REALLY MEANSThe Sinner knows what

 it means to turn back to Him.....with True Sorrow & Love.  We recall St. Peter ,who denied Christ three times,

 now had to Reaffirm & Repeat...three times his LOVE for Christ.  WHY?   Because Christ wanted Peter to be

TOTALLY with Him......in Faith, Fidelity & Love.

 

 OUR LORD doesn’t want THINGS from us!  He wants US!    He wants our SINCERITY, our SORROW...our daily

 attempts at PERSEVERANCE...our continuing RESOLVE to SEEK.....& to REMAIN in His Heart...& UNITED to Him

by His GRACE.

 

THIS OFTEN requires a CHANGE in our Lives.  With some people it means a BIG CHANGE....with others it

means a Rounding off of the Rough Edges of Selfishness.....& all the Little Sins that keep us from Reaching

the Higher Rungs.....of Grace & Union with Christ.  BUT LET NO ONE BE DISCOURAGED....for it CAN BE DONE

                FOR BOTH THE BIG ST THERESA OF AVILA...& MOTHER THERESA OF CALCUTTA HAVE SAID...

                                                                 ”WITH CHRIST I CAN DO ANYTHING.”  

 

         WE ALL NEED TO REMEMBER THIS....BECAUSE IT ‘S SO IMPORTANT...FOR BOTH RELIGIOUS & LAITY..

 

                                                WHO ARE ALL TRYING TO GROW CLOSER TO GOD EVERY DAY!

   
 
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