Follow Me or Follow Me
Follow Me? This is a question where the person asking makes a big difference. If, of course, as in today’s gospel, it is Jesus who asks, then it means that if we say yes, we will go wherever he leads. But, if we are the ones who ask the question, then indeed it may be we expect Jesus to follow us.
When was the last time you discerned in your heart that Jesus wanted you to do something you did not want to do? When was the last time that your decision to follow Jesus was really hard? When was the last time we chose to follow Jesus, but were not at all sure where he was asking is to go?
For Peter, Andrew, James and John, today’s call from Jesus meant they left what was familiar for the unknown. They were fisherman. This is what they did and this is what they knew. While they may or may not have made a lot of money, at least they knew they would have something.
By saying “yes” to the words of Jesus, “Follow me”, they are embarking out on something unknown. In saying yes to Jesus and to the invitation to “follow me” they were in a situation where things were different indeed. Would they be able to eat? What security would they have? How would they adapt to the changes in their lives?
If we never experience those moments when we follow Jesus because he is Jesus, when we do what we would rather not, when we embark for the unknown, then are we following Jesus, or are we following ourselves? Do we reduce Jesus to the one made in our image, or do we trust in the God in whose image and likeness we are made?
Will you drop everything, as James and John, Peter and Andrew did, to follow Jesus wherever he leads? Will you believe and trust in Jesus by believing and trusting Jesus?
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