instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

If he stops to think, he starts to cry

There's been a discussion on my parochial vicar's blog, sparked by this past Sunday's Gospel, on the different excuses people offer when Jesus says to them, "Follow Me."

Roughly speaking, the excuses seem to divide into three general classes:
  1. "I've got something better to do."
  2. "I will follow You, but only on my own terms."
  3. "You don't really want someone like me to follow You."
Or, in terms of how they view Jesus:
  1. "You're not worth it."
  2. "You're not leading correctly."
  3. "You're not powerful enough."
Is anyone who isn't following Jesus -- ever, for a time, at this moment -- saying one of these things?