For example, the photo in this post was taken as I was climbing Wayna Picchu, something I questioned every step of, yet was so grateful that I accomplished, once I actually did so!
And so often, when we are invited to do something - for an afternoon or for a life change - we say... "Just one minute, I have to finish this."
Not that finishing whatever your this or that is unimportant, but what if the invitation needs an immediacy of response that most of us can't handle?
This Sunday's Scriptures, for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time got me to thinking about this.
What is it to drop what you are doing and follow a call for your life? Now in my case, it was a call to my faith. The whole story is so unlikely for a girl like me... Just search the tag unlikely on this blog for evidence of that. In any case, following is not some easy thing, like following someone on Twitter is; in fact I think that kind of following lulls into a place that will not serve us, no matter what our call.
Elisha follows Elijah, because he is called to do so... and he does it! St. Paul, in the Galatians reading, reminds us to not be under the yoke of slavery. Now many of us do feel like we are under a yoke of slavery whether through our job or otherwise. We are also under a yoke of slavery in how we deal with one another as humans. St. Paul exhorts us to "serve one another through love," and to remind us of the commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself."
This part of Galatians really caught my eye:
"But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another."
One need only think of the endless complaining we do about one another and of course, the recent incident with General Stanley McChrystal!
Ultimately our Gospel from Luke really drives the point home. If we are to follow Jesus, then immediacy and full commitment is necessary. We are clearly told this when Jesus says:
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
Following means that we must give everything up; including a place to rest our head. Can we do this? I am never sure that I can even when I keep trying. It is hard when we are also told in this Gospel that we can't even go back and say good-bye or to bury our dead. Now means now and we are called to this.
It constantly causes me to ask the question, "what am I doing?" - both when I am following (rarely) and when I am simply trying to do so, which is most of the time.
This week, I am going to give this some thought, hopefully followed by action. What will you do?