Encounters with Jesus…

From the way it is told, Peter and Andrew were just fishing one day, minding their own business. They were busily casting a net into the sea. A stranger appeared. He approached them and simply said, “Follow me.”

Immediately, without hesitation, and apparently without much discussion, Peter and Andrew just left their nets and followed him.

It sounds as if the three of them went on down the beach, and approached two other brothers who were in the boats. They were mending their nets with their father, Zebedee. They were James and John. Jesus called them. They left their nets in the boat with a sudden and uncharacteristic impulsiveness– and followed Jesus. Later, Matthew the tax collector, sitting at the tax office, did the same thing. Jesus called– and Matthew left it all, and followed.

Epiphany invites us to contemplate the tremendous response of faith that all these ordinary people had, to the message of our Lord Jesus. It invites you to contemplate: What catches your attention about the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ? What is it about His proclamation– His life– that gets your attention and causes you to want to follow Him?

For some of us it may be the excitement of the news of the coming Kingdom of God. For others of us it might be ways in which we recognize our need to receive His healing Grace in our lives.

What about Jesus gets your attention? What causes you to step out in faith, just like Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew?

It is good for us to revisit from time to time just what it is that compels us towards the love of Jesus, and what compels our response to Him.

What’s your story of your encounter with Jesus?

Faithfully,

Father Greg+
1/23/2011
(“Encounters with Jesus” is an evening youth program developed and presented by Canon Hinton. An audio recording of an “Encounters with Jesus” workshop for adults is available via the parish office.)

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About canongreg

I have been Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wellsboro, PA since 1994.
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