How are you this day of bowing heads, of giving thanks,
of going to the house of the Lord to worship?
I want to share with you a piece of colloquy--
that is, an intimate conversation with Jesus I had
the other day while pondering the gospel accounts
of Christ calling his followers.
A colloquy, in case you are unfamiliar with that term, "is made, properly speaking, as one friend speaks to another, or as a servant to his master;...asking some grace,...blaming oneself for some misdeed,...communicating one's affairs, and asking advice in them." (Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius)
Please note in the colloquy the S=Sheila & J=Jesus.
S--My Lord, I hear you clearly saying,"follow me."
You invite me to "come and... see," Jn. 1:39
and instruct me to "put out into the deep." Lk. 5:4
I want to follow you wherever you go so I too
can be a "fisher of men." Mk. 1:17
Where do you want me to follow you?
J--It is not where, it is whom. Follow ME.
I will lead you to life everlasting.
S--You ARE the one I want to follow, so I may become
who you ARE.
J--Indeed, this is the call, the true call.
S--Lord, what do you want me to "come and see?"
J--I want you to experience this for yourself,
see for yourself, have your own stories to tell.
S--I have seen. I do have stories.
J--Then tell them. Ps 107:22
I am alive. I have sent my Spirit to lead and guide you.
S--Yes, it is your Spirit I want to follow...
It is not so much in the doing, or in the going, but in the becoming Him.
And we are the witnesses who have stories that tell of His faithfulness to us.
So dear friends, I invite you to visit this place again, to come and see with me, to put out in the deep together, and we will see what we catch.
Have a blessed and joyful day!