As his lifelong desire for the priesthood was beginning to diminish, he received a letter that changed his life.
This is what I call a “follow-me” moment.
In today’s Gospel, St. Mark narrates the “follow-me” moments of Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Meditating on their “follow-me” moments can help us when we too face major decisions in life.
Sometimes the “follow-me” moments can be uplifting and other times challenging Sometimes they are public moments and other times private between God and us. Our “follow-me” moments can be as adventurous as leaving everything behind and starting over … or as ordinary as going home to our spouse, keeping a promise, or even changing a diaper.
Do we recognize the nets entangling or imprisoning our freedom to follow the Lord? Do we recognize the comfort-boats in which we feel secure but which limit our sailing?
The “follow-me” moments ask us to let go, to leave behind, and to walk away. We must take that first step out of our “comfort-boats.” We must let go of the nets tied to our hands.
About Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C.
Father Jilson Tom, C.S.C. is from the Northeast India Province of Holy Cross. A native of Kerala, Father Jilson has been serving in a parish and school ministry since his ordination twelve years ago. He joins the Family Rosary team as an Assistant, while he works to study Pastoral Counseling in the Boston area. With a personal devotion to Mother Mary, Father Jilson is thrilled to be working to enhance family prayer through the Rosary. And if you ever need a listening ear or want to play a board game, Father Jilson’s your guy!