The last person also volunteered to follow Jesus but asked for permission to say good bye to his family. Jesus replied, no one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. Jesus is telling him, once he comes, there is no turning back. While this is about following Jesus, this also is about our sins. Once we follow Jesus, we cannot go back to our sins.
So three men, three lessons to learn. Following Jesus requires total abandonment to him. It also requires putting our priorities right without neglecting our responsibilities. It also means no turning back. Jesus is more valuable than anything else and he is worth whatever we give up for him. Job asks How can a mortal be just before God? No one can stand before God. Even this call to serve him is a gift from him. But we need to respond. One question stands out about the three men in the Gospel. What was their response? Did they follow Jesus? Or did they leave? Luke did not say, so it is up to us to make the conclusion. When the call comes to follow Jesus, what is my response? Do I go with him? Or do I turn back?
Lord Jesus, let me not turn away from your call. Give me courage to surrender to you and trust you. St Jerome, teach me to have that love for Scripture so I may know God and love him and trust him.