Follow me…a litany

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How good it is whenever we leave all false agendas, desires, plans, schemes, thoughts –

our very selves behind and obediently follow the Master without hesitation.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to imagine a world where those without hope are given hope

because the community of Jesus follow the leading of their Master and Teacher

and bring this hope in all they say and do.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good it is to host the Presence, keeping company with sinners, tax collectors, lepers and the outcasts.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to have ears to hear the voice of Jesus calling to us,

urging us to follow him wherever he goes,

participating with him in bringing the new wine of God’s kingdom to light around us.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to live before God every moment with godly sorrow for our sin,

fully embracing our brokenness in honesty and authenticity.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to celebrate with all whose repentance brings new life

and an accompanying deep life change even when such celebration causes raised eyebrows.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good never to allow ourselves to succumb to religious peer pressure

that traps one in the smothering flames of imposed, restrictive faith life

and thereby lessen the gospel message in compliance with it.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good never to succumb to the same judgmental spirit which produces and perpetuates religious peer pressure.

“Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to taste the old, complexly rich and fragrant wine of our forebears

while working in the vineyard alongside our Master Winemaker.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to be in our places of work, looking left and right

to find those of ill repute and the despised with whom to drink new wine.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to stand in the place where others are,

be the voice of Jesus calling to them, saying “follow me”

and teach them how to catch others in the net of grace.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to be those who hold the redemptive instruments of grace

at the bedsides of the broken together with our great Physician.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good to bring encouragement to all whose “bridegroom” has been taken from them

either by sickness, death or malfeasance.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

How good…

How good, indeed.

Praise be to the Lord of all lepers, losers, limpers and lovers.

…and he said to him, “Follow me.”

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