Saturday, April 28, 2012

Saturday in Easter 3: Following Jesus or following the crowd

Opening Sentence
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Collect of the Day
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 30, 32

Lessons: Exodus 25:1-22, Colossians 3:1-17, Matthew 4:18-25

It is easy to follow Jesus when you think it is all about getting instantly cured of some infirmity. As many in "the crowds" will soon learn, however, discipleship also involves suffering. Those whom Jesus healed knew the meaning of suffering, as did those who brought them before him. The multitudes who are just beginning to follow Jesus, however, are probably attracted just because of the signs. They do not yet see the other side of the coin. When they do, many will fall away and join that other "crowd," the one that will shout, "Crucify him!"

Following Jesus most often means not following "the crowd." This is not always as clear-cut a choice as it may seem. There remain today multitudes who would follow Jesus just to see what is in it for them. They are the ones who, when they see their dreams shattered, will tragically fall away because of disappointment.


He is Exalted