Questions to Ponder
What is Jesus’ “commandment” that we are to follow? (See John 15:12)
If this commandment is Jesus’ “yoke,” how might we be changed if we bear it without resistance?
Why might following Jesus’ commandment lead to tough “decisions and painful separations”?
Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all day long. Psalm 25:4–5
To be a disciple is not just to believe in Jesus, it is to follow Jesus. In your journal, reflect on the ways in which you are presently following Jesus.
Do you experience your discipleship as “joy”? Is the “burden” of your discipleship “light”?
Do you sense there are places Jesus might want to lead you where you would rather not go? If so, where are they and what is holding you back?
Pray specifically for family, friends, and colleagues that they might clearly hear the call to discipleship (which is the call to love and justice), and that they might experience following Jesus’ commandment as joy in the concrete realities of their lives.
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, only you know where my path will lead, but I trust that, even if I do not know either the way or the destination, you are with me and before me, and I follow you with joy.
UP CHRISTIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT
NCCP Ecumenical Ministry – Church of the Risen Lord
University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus, QC