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Daily Eucharistic Reflections

May 18, 2024

When Jesus appeared to the Apostles in Galilee after the resurrection, He caused quite a stir. He instructed them to cast their nets to the other side, resulting in a great catch. Jesus ate fish and bread with them, forgave Peter’s denials, and told Peter how he would be used to glorify God. Then, in just two words, he changed Peter’s life forever. He said, “Follow Me”.

Three years earlier, Peter had heard similar words from Jesus and had followed him throughout the region during Christ’s ministry. Ever the one to boast, declare, and question, Peter asks, “What about him?” referring to another of the disciples. The response from Jesus is both cryptic and short. Don’t worry about him. You follow me.

Perhaps our celebration of Pentecost will be a good time to evaluate how we respond to the call ‘Follow Me.’ Baptism brought us to Christ. The Eucharist is Christ strengthening us with his very self. Confirmation seals us with the Holy Spirit and calls us to become soldiers for Christ. Our prayer lives, worship, and service show others our faith, but do we follow Christ without reservation? Do we minister to all who come to us as Paul did? Even when in chains and prison in Rome, Paul welcomed all who came to him – friend and foe alike – and preached Christ crucified. Can we do the same?

When Jesus told Peter, ‘Follow Me,’ he challenged us. Tomorrow is Pentecost. May we use it to renew our welcoming of the Holy Spirit and greet each person we meet with a welcoming smile. May we be the face of Christ to all we meet and invite them to do as Peter did, respond to the call to ‘Follow Me.’

Let Us Pray:

Lord Jesus, help us be your face, hands and love to all we meet as we follow you throughout our days. May we have the courage of Peter and Paul as we minister to all who come seeking you. We ask this in your name. Amen.

 

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