When Jesus called his first disciples, he didn’t invite them just to attend his public lectures, but to join him, to live with him, to share meals with him, to pray with him, to teach with him, and to serve the poor with him. To share life with him.
The image above depicts Jesus’ call of the first disciples (Luke 5: 1-10). Look at the faces of Peter (still called Simon then) and James. Look at the intensity in their faces. Jesus had just finished preaching to a crowd, from Simon’s boat and he had instructed them to cast their nets again. Despite being out all night and nothing to show for it, they cast again into the water.
Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
Over the course of many weeks and months, the disciples absorbed Jesus’s way of living. Imagine spending three years living with Jesus.
If we wish to follow Jesus as disciples, we too will seek to be absorbed into his way of living. Over time we will be transformed — little by little — taking on the character of Christ, imitating his way of life.
Click on the video below and explore with Fr. Ron Will the idea of being absorbed into The Way of the Teacher.
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[Fr. Ron Will, a Precious Blood priest and spiritual director, is a graduate of Catholic Theological Union and Creighton University’s School of Christian Spirituality. He has a special interest in helping form intentional disciples of Jesus, encouraging others to go spiritually deep-sea diving to explore a deeper relationship with God, and walking with people as they dive into the ocean of God’s mystery actually experiencing God rather than simply dipping one’s toe into the water.]