Another of the disciples said to Him,
“Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”
The story of Faust by Goethe has become part of our heritage.
Faust was a man who longed for romance, academic success, and wealth.
Unable to find these on his own, he made a pact with the devil.
If he could be granted his wishes, have his true worth made public and enjoy its fruits, then he would give his soul to the devil.
Sure enough, he enjoyed marvelous romances, fabulous successes, and much wealth.
Oddly enough, when the time came, he was unwilling to keep his part of the bargain.
I wonder if there is a parallel here.
We put Jesus off, promising, “Just one more of this and one more of that — then I will be willing to go with you, Jesus.”
Are we not like little Fausts, wanting to have it our way?
After all, we say, we deserve it!
And what do we say to Jesus when he comes to claim us?
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