Readings:

Acts 16: 11-15
John 15:26 – 16:4

Reflection:

In these Readings today we hear that the first call to ALL his disciples, all who believe in him and want to follow him, was ‘to be with him’. The second call to ALL his disciples was to mission – ‘to be sent out as witness to the person and way of Jesus’.

These two responses are our way to become true followers of Jesus. Jesus’ call is for us all, women, men, ordained, professed, single or in committed relationships, rich or poor, healthy or sick. Exactly as we are now, Jesus loves us and calls us into greater being … firstly into deeper relationship with him, and then into greater witness and presence in our world, in witnessing to ‘what Jesus would do’.

We need to ask ourselves ‘What sort of a person do I need to become in order to act like Jesus?’ Jesus’ first call into deep relationship with him shows us the way. Spending time with Jesus can take many forms. Our state in life may offer structured liturgical and prayer routines. Our faith or cultural upbringing may have embedded religious practices and prayers. Lexio Divina, reflection, meditation, contemplation, silence or sharing, exercise especially walking, singing, time with Jesus in the beauty of creation … all offer opportunities to grow in conscious relationship with Jesus and to begin to know him more intimately. And as we get to know Jesus more, we begin to grow more in his likeness. Now we are better prepared to respond to Jesus’ second call to be witness and presence to Jesus in our world.

This rhythm of prayer and ministry needs to be a constant pattern in our lives, for change in circumstances within our lives and our world can put us in situations of transition, where we are asking again, ‘What would Jesus do?’ And the necessary next question: ‘What sort of a person do I need to be, to give witness to his ways?’

Pam Storey is a member of the Passionist Faith Community at Holy Cross, Templestowe, and one of the founding members of Passionist Companions. After a very active and varied family, church and working life, Pam is now focusing on developing a slow spirituality.