Hank picks up Matthew’s Gospel with the account of another follower who said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” In saying this Jesus is not negating the command to honor one’s parents, but rather telling would-be followers that the city of God takes priority over the city of man. The soul of his dead father was now beyond the son’s reach. His own soul, however, was still very much in play. The son here in essence is likely talking about a year’s delay before leaving all and following Jesus. While the initial burial of his father would indeed take place within a day or so of his death, a year would pass before the quintessential burial when the son would return and rebury the bones of his father in an ossuary. Thus, Jesus in essence advises the son to let the spiritually dead bury the dead. Conversely, let the spiritually alive tend faithfully to the principles and priorities of the kingdom. Jesus then calms a storm. Contrast here is again the conduit to clarity. The disciples are scared stiff. Jesus is serene. The disciple’s faith, says Jesus, “is little.” Jesus was with them in the boat, but as His disciples they should have known that the Father’s care for them was ever present even if Jesus had not been physically present with them.