To be alive is to face risks.
To be alive is to risk injury, sickness, disease, anxiety, embarrassment, shame, rejection, loneliness, betrayal, and yes, death. And by virtue of being alive, these are risks we must run necessarily. Moreover, we necessarily run the greatest risk of all: the risk of our spiritual destruction, which is despair.
In today’s Gospel Lesson Jesus “Is walking along by the Sea of Galilee, and He sees Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus says to them, ‘Follow Me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their net and followed Him” (Mk. 1:16-18). They were placing their very lives at risk in following Jesus.
It has been said that following Jesus is like climbing a spiral staircase. Sometimes it seems as though we are just circling around, getting nowhere. But then we notice that the circle is getting bigger and bigger and that…
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