Posted 7 月 1, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in


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Matthew 8:18-22

This Scribe being one of the doctors of the Law, asks if he shall follow Jesus, as though it were not contained in the Law that this is to whom it were gain to follow. Therefore He discovers a feeling of unbelief under the diffidence of his inquiry. For the taking up of the faith is not by question but by following. So Christ answers him not so much to what He had said, but to the obvious purpose in his mind. This was not to send him away, but rather to convict him of evil intentions at the same time permitting him if he would to follow Christ with the expectation of poverty.

The disciple, however, does not ask whether he shall follow Him; for he already believed that he ought to follow, but prays to be suffered first to bury his father. The Lord when He prepares men for the Gospel will not have any excuse of this fleshly and temporal attachment to interfere, therefore it follows; ‘Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their dead.”‘

This saying does not condemn natural affection to our parents, but shows that nothing ought to be more binding on us than the business of heaven; that to this we ought to will apply ourselves with all our endeavors, and not to be slack, however necessary or urgent are the things that draw us aside. For what could be more necessary than to bury a father? What more easy? For it could not need much time. But in this the Lord rescued him from much evil, Weeping, and mourning, and from the pains of expectation. For after the funeral there must come examination of the will, division of the inheritance, and other things of the same sort; and thus trouble following trouble, like the waves, would have borne him far from the port of truth. But if you are not yet satisfied, reflect further that oftentimes the weak are not permitted to know the time, or to follow to the grave; even though the dead be father, mother, or son; yet are they not charged with cruelty that hinder them; it is rather the reverse of cruelty. And it is a much greater evil to draw one away from spiritual discourse.

Homily 27 on Matthew (St. John Chrysostom)
In Evangelium Matthaei Commentarius (St. Hilary of Poitiers)
Sermon 100 on the New Testament (St. Augustine)

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