When I was at Taize last week it struck me what an easy place it was to lead the Christian life. Thousands of people, living in community together, worshipping together. Perhaps that's what the scribe in today's Gospel reading experienced, a wonderful feeling of fellowship and common vision and purpose. He liked it and wanted it to continue. So he enthusiastically told Jesus that he would follow him anywhere. But instead of encuraging him, Jesus tells him that it is a hard life to be one of his followers. Becuase we don't get to spend all our time by the lake in the presence of the Lord ... just as we don't get to spend all our time in places like Taize. These are temporary places of rest to energise us for the hard work of going out into the world ... of living the Christian life in places where there is much to distract us ... of trying to make the message of Christ real to others in the way we live our lives. It would be lovely if we could spend all our time in places like Taize. But ironically, for most of us, that would not be what it means to follow Jesus where ever he goes.