As followers of Jesus, I think we can identify with the excitement and anxiousness the first disciples experienced when Jesus began to preach, teach and heal. They surely felt, as we do at times, the struggle to sort out how the past makes sense with the present. But as any good coach, Jesus helped them understand and continues to help us as followers of Christ.
Part way through Lent, we’re called to reflect on where we find ourselves living as a follower of Jesus. Ask yourself and your family: what it is that you seek to understand in the commandments? What about them makes you uncomfortable and gives you peace? What is it that you need to confess and what are you called to teach?
I invite you to join me today to take a few minutes to prayerfully reflect on who has been your coach or teacher, what you’ve learned, and how you could thank them and God.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!