Palm Sunday reflections
“Come, follow me”, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Peter and his brother Andrew dropped their nets and followed the man they considered a prophet and came to know as Messiah.
They followed as He traveled and preached, healed and taught. They listened as they followed and learned many things about a Heavenly kingdom that was promised them. They watched as they followed and saw the storms calmed, thousands fed, blind eyes opened and weakened legs regain strength. They followed as the dead were raised to life. They followed for a joyous parade into the city, a tender Passover dinner, a late night walk singing hymns and into a quiet garden for prayer.
They continued to follow, although from a distance, through arrest, a trial, the final sentencing and death.
Did they think that their following days were over? Had they been left adrift and on their own?
Fear, shock, grief ….then three days later…. surprise, joy, the Master had returned!
In His final private instructions to Peter Jesus repeatedly asks Peter if he loves him. Peter answers, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus then repeats what had been said three years earlier:
Jesus lays out his final instructions – Peter must follow with love for anything else will fail him.
Two thousand years later we are still called to follow from the day we make that first commitment to the day we leave this earth.
Following, loving, watching and listening to the One who calls us –“Follow Me!”