Follow Me?

Hither ye behind me! Yep; that’s what Jesus said. Modern translations simply say, “Come follow me.” These words of Jesus were an imperative call to present and continuous action. One Greek Grammar says that Jesus was calling for long-term commitment; to habits suited to such a commitment; a commitment that would cultivate virtue leading to a certain lifestyle. Ignatius, working with this big kingdom idea, taught us to follow Jesus by finding God in all things. He and other spiritual masters knew that this meant we had to engage in practices of noticing, reflecting and discerning; learning to be steadily conscious of God, self and others.  Frank Laubach (Letters by a Modern Mystic), stands in this tradition. He writes that submission is the first and last duty of man; that we are learning to respond to God as a violin responds to the bow of the master.  He says this begins with listening, moves to surrender and finds it best fruit in a determined, resolved will to act with God. The question mark we’ve put at the end of Jesus’ imperative is both invitation and call to decisive action to take serious Jesus’ command to come follow me—and in so doing to find, in Laubach’s words, that every day is tingling with the joy of glorious discovery.

– Todd Hunter​

Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, September 21

Reading: Genesis 17:15-21; 21:1-6 and Luke 1:67-80

  1. The promised son, long waited for, arrives on the scene in Gen.17:15-21 and 21:1-6. Have you experienced an answer to a heart’s desire long waited for? How did you feel when it finally came to fruition? Are you waiting on promises of God now? How does recalling the faithfulness of God to bring promises to pass in your life help you endure the wait now? Talk honestly with God about your struggles to endure or any doubt you might be experiencing as you look for fulfillment in God.
  2. Jesus, the long awaited Son, hope of all nations, and the One in who all promises are fulfilled arrives on the scene at the perfect time in God’s story. Listen in on Zechariah’s prophetic speech in Luke 1:67-79. What do you gather in from these words that might bring encouragement or comfort to you today?
  3. Do you have words to sing or say to God, maybe a song of gratitude, a lament about the struggle to believe or trust in the promises of God? Talk, sing, lament to God in these moments – express your true heart to the One who changes everything with his love and truth.

Ordinary Time Readings: Sunday, September 14

Reading: Genesis 18:17-33 and John 15:12-17

  1. Reflect on the friendship of God and Abraham as you read Genesis 18:17-33. What do you discover?
  2. What do you sense happening in Abraham as God discloses his plans? What does this say to you about God’s intent to share his intimate plans with humanity? What insights emerge about prayer, intercession, and collaborating with God for the salvation of others?
  3. Jesus calls us friends in John 15:12-17. How do you understand friendship from this passage? How does it make you feel knowing he calls you friend? Is there anything you’d like to share with your friend at this moment? Is there something on your heart? Or would you like to know what’s on his heart? Spend some time with your friend in prayer.