Continuing the Journey
Reading of the Day
Today’s reading reminds us that following in the steps of Jesus is not an easy journey. Many bumps in the road can potentially trip us up if we don’t follow too closely.
As we are now 2 weeks past Ash Wednesday and probably considering how close we can get to cheating on our Lenten Practice without actually cheating, we won’t be surprised to discover that one of the bumps in the road that Jesus traveled is effort and how difficult it is try. Effort is so tough when it is not a regular practice. As anyone who has gone running after days/months/years of “rest” will tell you, when you first start running again there is a lot of pain involved, but if you keep running, the pain goes away. This also applies to our academics, relationships, emotions, and of course our spirituality. So, keep practicing your spiritual muscles otherwise they will grow weak.
Another bump in the road is the fear of being different. We all know what the Lord expects of us. But there are times in our lives when we want to go with the flow and not swim against it. Why? Perhaps for fear of rejection. Jeremiah speaks of the people he defended to the Lord now turning against him. Yet he remains with the Lord. When Jesus was confronted by the blind man on the Sabbath did Jesus turn him away because he was afraid of being judged by the Pharisees and Scribes, or did he confront their erroneous logic and still do what was right. Jesus did what was right, and we are asked to do the same in the face of fear and rejection. This can be in many areas including those that occupy our free time: fashion, music, TV shows, gossiping, etc.
Following Christ is a good thing. No wonder the mother of the sons of Zebedee asked Jesus to place her sons at it his right and left hand! – but it’s not that easy. Following the steps of Jesus leads us to great sacrifice and is a difficult journey, but we are asked carry our crosses willingly and lovingly.