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If you want to follow Jesus. Wednesday 26th Week Ordinary Time


Breakfast with the Word Wednesday 26th Week Ordinary Time of the Year



 Luke 9:57-62


If you want to follow Jesus




To be a Christian is already a decision to be a disciple of Jesus. To be a follower of somebody goes with some demands and expectations. So, to follow Jesus, is not merely to be a

churchgoer or bible reader. It is not merely answering a Christian by mouth.


If you want to follow Jesus, it calls for total commitment.

If you want to follow Jesus, it means you have to follow his footsteps. There should be that true hunger to be in Jesus.


In today’s gospel, Jesus uses his encounter with three persons to teach and explain what true discipleship entails. Let us analyse them briefly.





The First Character




As Jesus is walking, He encounters the first person who immediately asks to follow Him. Jesus’ response is that foxes have holes and the birds have their nests but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head and rest. In essence, this is telling us that following Jesus is not all about the glory part of it. It means that if you want to follow Jesus, get ready for the ups and downs. Life is not only about the testimony and glory. We have to be prepared to face the challenges.

If you want to follow Jesus, do not give up when things do not go the way you want. They are part of the spiritual journey.



We have to know that the journey of Christianity is not only about seeking the advantages that come with it. There is also a cross. Therefore, if you want to follow Jesus, get ready for the glory and the cross.





 The Second Character





The second person was called by Jesus. This second person did not say no, but he asked for

permission to bury his father first. But Jesus is using this encounter to let us know that God is

the first and should be the first in our lives and in everything we do.

Therefore, if God is first in our lives, the things of God must always come first.


It also means that salvation of souls must be our first priority more than our family or relationship affairs. If we truly and sincerely want to be a true disciple, we must make a radical commitment to do so.




The Third Character




The third person accepts to follow Jesus but asks for permission to say farewell to his people.



Jesus responds to him that once the hand is on the plough, no one who looks back is fitting for

God’s Kingdom. Here, Jesus is teaching us that our personal concerns should not be an excuse

to neglect our duties to God.


Therefore, to follow Jesus let us never allow the cares and worries of this world, the problems that accompany it, and worldly concerns come in between, these will limit our concentration.

Therefore, if you want to follow Jesus, it must be a decision that comes from the heart.


We should not allow challenges, worldly possessions, earthly cares and needs, problems, pleasures of this world and the quest for material things determine how we should be a true disciple.




May God bless you dearest and give us the grace to remain close to Him. May He continue to be with you. Amen


  1. Margaret Awum says

    Amen 🙏

  2. Ozoekwem Ifunanya says

    God help me to be a good follower and never to look back in Jesus name. Amen

  3. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Glory be to God for a successful novena

  4. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    O LORD may your grace be sufficient for me 🙏 Aman.

  5. Ugwu Obianuju G says


  6. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    please GOD Almighty grant me the Grace to serve YOU in spirit and in truth with all my heart…. AMEN 🙏
    Thanks Padra 🙏

  7. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  8. Boitumelo says

    Thank you lord for being with us through the 21 days of Novina let all our petitions be answered in jesus name amen🙏

  9. Ogechi Anugwom says


  10. Odoh chisom Deborah says

    Amen. Thank you padre.
    I pray for the Grace to be a true disciple of God and to be always ready to carry my cross and follow God.

  11. Udenze chisom Julia says

    May God help us

  12. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


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  14. James Mailoushi says

    Amen, remain blessed Bro.

  15. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, thanks be to God for the conclusion of the Novena to St Michael and thank You Jesus. Lord Jesus, give us the grace to serve you as you demand of us. Amen

  16. Godwin Odah says

    Amen 👏.
    I thank God for the this message and I still pray for the grace to enable me live up to the expectations of God the father, especially in difficult moments of my life.
    May God continue to inspire us through his servant, so that we would live the life of a true disciple and not just answering the name, through Christ our Lord… Amen.

  17. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus,

  18. Munachimso onuoha says


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  20. Regina Mobu says


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  22. Chizoba Ekwueme says

    So help me God! Amen!

  23. Christiana says

    Amen 🙏

  24. Ani Chinonyelum Emmanuella says

    Amen, well done Padre

  25. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says


  26. Helen Marcel Isangha says

    Amen. Lord help me to be a true follower of Christ. My soul is willing but my fresh is weak. Strengthen me, because I can do nothing without you. Help me Lord through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen

  27. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    It is very difficult not to worry especially because of the economic hardship in the country. Lord, may you help me to cast my worries on you. Help me to be your true disciple no matter the troubles around me Amen.

  28. Ojiogbu Chekwube says


  29. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    I pray for grace to continually remain close to Jesus Amen

  30. Odoh Nneka says

    God please gift me the grace to follow You as long as I live

  31. Ezeokonkwo Njideka Stellamarris says

    Thank you Jesus for making me partake on this junoney with you and Angel Michael the Archangel as my protector Amen

  32. Ekwueme Amarachi Judith says

    Amen. I thank God Almighty, our Mother Mary undoer of knots and our guardian angels for this Novena. In Thanksgiving for prayers answered.Amen

  33. OKAFOR OZIOMA says

    OKAFOR OZIOMA, I so much ❤️ todays breakfast it helps my faith to be stronger

  34. Charles Ndubuisi says

    Amen, Thank you Lord for a Successful Spiritual Journey.
    May our Prayer Requests be Answered. Amen

  35. Cynthia Douglas says


  36. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  37. Michael Uzoechiena says


  38. Jude Uchenna Onah says

    May the Lord grant us the fortitude to follow Him unconditionally, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

  39. Dinmah Lucy Chinyere says

    Amen and Amen

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  45. Ginika Rita says

    May God help us with His grace

  46. Ejiro Ovwigho says


  47. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏

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  50. Ugwuoke Ogechukwu Victoria says


  51. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen! St. Michael the Archangel – Pray for us

    Thank you Jesus, and honour to mother Mary for the journey thus far.

  52. Julie says


  53. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks brother

  54. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says


  55. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏

  56. Chioma Frances Egwuogu says


  57. Ekere Emeka says


  58. Amalu Gloria says

    Amen and Amen

  59. Enibe Jacinta Amara says


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