In this day and time it can be so disheartening to bear witness to the separation and lack of love shown amongst the living, yet at the passing or the loss of a relative or loved one we shower them with thoughtful and expressive kind words for someone else's ears to hear and of course there is nothing wrong with displaying our compassionate and sympathetic nature... what is wrong is our timing. As I prayed and meditated asking God to heal us from this He brought a familiar passage to my recollection, One of the few places in the bible that naysayers and those of unbelief depict Jesus as cold and of no care and thoughtfulness with his wording when once again the Messiah was speaking a parable to us... but today I speak it plain..... LOVE EVERYONE ALIVE! for we can bring no one to his Grace, Mercy, and Salvation walking in "Spiritual Death" And even in the physical, although you may mourn... REJOICE! Because to be absent from the body is to be in the presence of the Lord if You have chosen to live in HIS will and walk in HIS ways. The Good Works do not stop for death is promised..... we must press our way and direct our love to every sheep who needs to be directed towards the path that leads back to "The Good Shepherd" Christ Jesus our savior, for We have placed our hand on the Gospel as Ambassadors.....
Whether you accept it..... Or Not
Below is a interesting read which dives further with question and answer to the scriptures both found In Matthew and Luke. I hope you enjoy, God Bless and Love on everybody you can in this hour so you never have to assume they know it! #TeamOGS
What did Jesus mean when He said "Let the dead bury the dead" (Luke 9:60)?
Jesus said, “Let the dead bury the dead,” in response to a disciple who wanted to spend time at home before committing himself to the Lord. Jesus said, “‘Follow me.’ But the man replied, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:59–60). This man may have wanted to fulfill the oldest son’s duty to bury the father, to be near the father in order to obtain an inheritance, or to remain near the body of his father for up to one year to rebury the bones, a practice of some Jews at the time. In any event, Jesus’ answer makes clear that this request would have involved putting tradition or the disciple’s own desires ahead of serving Jesus.
But who are “the dead” whom Jesus referred to as being the ones to bury their own dead? The word dead is used in this passage in two different senses. It is apparently a paradox and is used very effectively. The Jews used the word dead often to express indifference toward a thing or to express that something has no influence over us. To be dead to the law (Romans 7:4), to be dead to sin (Romans 6:11), means that the law and sin have no influence or control over us. We are free from them and act as though they are not.
So people of the world are dead to Christ. They do not see His beauty, nor do they hear His voice or desire to follow Him. Only His “sheep” will do those things (John 10:27). The people of the world are those whom the Savior describes here as the (spiritually) dead who should bury the (physically) dead. Let people, He says, who are not interested in My work, and who are “dead in sin” (Ephesians 2:1), take care of the dead. Your duty is now to follow Me.
While Scripture, and Jesus, are clear that we are to honor our parents (Ephesians 6:2), we have to understand that Jesus is to come first, and this would have been especially so in this instance, that is, with a direct command from the Lord. Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew recognized the Lord and followed Him at once (Matthew 4:18–22; 9:9). The thing to which the man who wanted to bury his father was called was of more importance than any earthly consideration, and, for that time, Christ chose to require of the man a very extraordinary sacrifice to show his sincere attachment to Him.
As regards the people of the world, nothing is more important than responding to the gospel. This requires that the gospel be preached (Romans 10:14), so once we make the decision to follow Jesus and preach His good news, we must deny dead, worldly pursuits and comforts, and do the Lord’s work. Jesus wants followers, not professors, and those who are spiritually alive will be instruments in the Lord’s hands to call others to new life in Christ.