Easter Week Four

& archive, Year C.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You call us to come
To be with you,
And to bear the cost
Of giving up our false self.
By your Spirit help me
To see you,
To hear your voice,
To follow you in all of life,
In the way of resurrection.
Amen

Season of Easter, Week Four

In the conversation Jesus has with Simon Peter as they walk the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus brings this intimate exchange to a close with a call to ongoing intimacy:

“Follow me.” (John 21:19)

This is no idle following. Following Jesus will mean a level of death to Simon’s usual way of functioning. As a leader he has a habit of initiating action, action which springs out of a default way of functioning: “I am going fishing!” (John 21:3) The others follow, and get into the boat. They fish all night, but catch nothing. What we initiate ourselves out of human habit can keep us up all night. We may be able to develop a good diagram of the lake, but we do not catch anything.

Jesus calls Simon Peter to reflect on his love for this risen Messiah, and how that this love will guide him into a freedom from ingrown human habits. This love will draw Simon Peter in the freedom of detachment from default doings. But this freedom will only happen as Simon listens to Jesus’ voice and guidance, as Simon follows Jesus rather than his own ingrained promptings of human habit.

Thus, in John 10 we find ourselves present as Jesus talks about us to those who gather to ask if he is the Messiah. It is about belief – without belief and deep trust, there will be listening to Jesus, no deep knowing of this One who is Messiah. The One who rescues us and brings us to freedom from our deep, ingrained human attachments and habits.

“My sheep hear my voice.
I know them,
And they follow me.
I give them eternal life,
And they will never perish.
No one will snatch them out of my hand. . . .
Or out of my Father’s hand.”

Be with Jesus now, in simple waiting, listening.

In what way are you aware of words or a phrase which stand out for you, catch your attention?

Or, simply be in the presence of Jesus in loving trust and listening.

Prayer before reading:

Lord Jesus Christ,
You come to us
On the lake shore of our life
Help me to see you
To be with you
To listen as you walk with us
With me.
Help me to love you, to follow you.

Season of Easter:  Week Four

  • 4/19        Monday: John 10:22-25
  • 4/20        Tuesday:  John 10:26-30
  • 4/21        Wednesday:  Psalm 23
  • 4/22        Thursday:   Acts 9:36-43
  • 4/23        Friday: Revelation 7:9-17
  • 4/24        Saturday: John 10:22-25
  • 4/25        Sunday:  John 10:26-30