Saturday, May 19, 2018
Today, in Mercy, we walk with the Risen Jesus and his dearest disciples along the seashore. Jesus has just cooked breakfast for the fellas. He then tells Peter that he is to take Jesus’ place as “shepherd of the lambs and sheep”. Jesus tells Peter that he is to follow in the way of Jesus. That’s a pretty profound command! Peter knows full well what happened to Jesus.
And dear, earthy, impulsive Peter, turns aside distractedly and notices John. Peter says, “What about him?” You can almost see Jesus take hold of Peter’s face, turn his eyes directly into Jesus’ own eyes and say, ”Pay attention. I’m talking to YOU – not him.”
We can love Peter because we’ve all been like him numerous times in our lives. God is calling, or giving us a message and we distract ourselves from its power by worrying about things that are unimportant or none of our business. We start asking a million questions when there is only one answer: respond with trust.
Jesus’ final words to Peter are ones we might ponder: ”You follow me.” The implication is that, if we do, then God will take care of the other guy – and everything else.
Music: Follow Me by Casting Crowns
In this song, you will hear echoes of Jesus’ call to many people throughout the Gospel: the first disciples, the woman taken in adultery, the good thief and, perhaps, even to us.