A simple command. Not a command, really. An entreaty, a beckoning. Come this way.
It seems pretty simple to be a follower. We let someone else lead the way. But it’s not so simple when it is Jesus beckoning us to follow him. When Jesus says, “Follow me” to Simon Peter and the apostles and to us, it means more. It means everything.
When Jesus says follow me, he starts with love, a love that can help us find our way. The journey won’t be easy for the apostles like Simon Peter. Jesus asks Peter to tend his sheep and feed his lambs. Jesus says the way won’t be easy. We also must tend to his sheep and feed his lambs. When we follow Jesus, we have to follow with our hearts, our souls, our minds. We have to expect roadblocks, setbacks, detours. When we follow with love, we can climb over the roadblocks, recover from the setbacks and maneuver the most winding detour.
I am ready to follow. As I continue my journey, I echo today’s psalm: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all my being, bless his holy name.”
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