“Jesus answered him, ‘No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:62).
Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Francis. From the beginning of his ministry, Francis took Jesus’s words in today’s reading to heart. Jesus said, “the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.” Often St. Francis had nowhere to lay his head. Jesus said, “go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” St. Francis went throughout Italy and Egypt and made attempts to proclaim the Gospel in Spain and the Holy Land. Few people today would abandon their comforts of home to follow Christ’s command, but Francis did so without hesitation.