Here is today’s Gospel: ‘As they were going along the road, a man 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, let me first go and bury my father.” But he said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”’

One man asks to follow Jesus; another is called by Him. To each, however, the cost is the same: total surrender of the heart and the whole of the content of our life. Also, no ‘looking back’, like Lot’s wife in the Old Testament, who looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.

St Faustina wrote: ‘When I look into the future, I am frightened, But why plunge into the future? Only the present moment is precious to me, As the future may never enter my soul at all. It is no longer in my power to change, correct or add to the past; for neither sages nor prophets could do that. And so what the past has embraced I must entrust to God’.

May we have the grace to entrust our past, present and future into the hands of our loving God, who will arrange all things for His good pleasure. May God bless you this day.