Let the Dead Bury Their Dead

I did not understand Matthew 8:21–22 when I first read it:

And another of his disciples said to him: Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said to him: Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.

It seemed to me then that Jesus Christ had no compassion for the disciple who had just lost his father. Now I think differently.

It is not that Jesus Christ had no compassion for the feelings of the disciple, but that helping the living is more important than burying the earthly shell of the dead.

As Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:37, there are many sheep that need shepherds:

… The harvest is truly plenteous, but the labourers are few.

Let’s spread the Word of Jesus Christ—the commandments of love—wherever and whenever we can.

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