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dc.contributor.authorLenz, Thomasen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 684en_US
dc.description.abstractToday 's gospel story from Matthew is a short one, but I feel like the message is big. Like so many gospel stories, this one is about trust. In this short narrative, Matthew tells us how Jesus calls first to the two brothers Peter and Andrew to follow him. They put down their nets and did. Then, he calls to two other brothers, James and John to do the same. And, they left their boat and went with Jesus, also.|As I reflected on this reading and its meaning related to trust, the one thing that I kept thinking about was the "action" part of the story. Many gospel stories convey a message of trust and in each of them there is a demonstration of trust by one or more of the people in the story. This strikes me as significant because the stories are not about Jesus simply saying, "Trust me" without a follow-up, or a resolution, or an action. In today 's story, Jesus essentially said to these four men, "Trust me", and they did. I imagine they felt moved by the Holy Spirit and they acted upon that feeling and followed Jesus. It makes me think about how many times the Holy Spirit has called me to action and I did not have the trust to respond. Perhaps I was unsure or afraid of what lie ahead. I wonder if Peter, Andrew, James and John were afraid? Perhaps they were, but they listened to the Holy Spirit and trusted Jesus. And, we know how the story goes, everything turns out okay in the end. Maybe this is the message, "Trust me and everything will turn out okay in the end."||Another rather fun twist to this reflection came during mass this past Sunday. The closing song for that particular mass happened to be, "Lord of the Dance." One of the verses goes like this:| I danced for the scribe / And the pharisee, / But they would not dance / And they wouldn't follow me. / I danced for the fishermen, / For James and John / They came with me / And the Dance went on.|(refrain)|Dance, then, wherever you may be, / I am the Lord of the Dance, said he, / And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be, / And I'll lead you all in the Dance, said he.|The song made me think not only about this message of trust, but about journey after I "drop my nets" and trust. The journey is a dance. And to me, dancing is fun. It makes me feel as if I drop my nets, trust, and follow Jesus, everything is going to be okay. Although the journey will not always be easy, thinking of the journey as a dance gets me exited for the fun that we have along the way.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSt. Andrew, Apostleen_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, November 30, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ The King, Solemnity.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitDepartment of Pharmacy Practiceen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorLenz, Thomas L.en_US Timeen_US 34en_US
dc.subject.local1Romans 10: 9-18en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 4:18-22en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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