On Discipleship

Posted: August 19, 2013 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

A reflection on discipleship….

As Catholic Christians, can we follow Christ and yet not be His disciples? I have pondered long and hard on this and the answer I’ve come up with is No.  For by the virtue of our baptism and confirmation we are all called to authentic discipleship.  The unassuming call to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospels is in actual fact a profound call to discipleship, for we can only remain faithful to the Gospels if we are first disciples.

The next question then is, am I currently a disciple of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? The answer to this question can only be answered by deep reflection on the following :-

1. Have I embraced and remain true to the commandments the Lord our God had given us.

2. Do I still hold on, and hold on tightly to worldly possessions, desires, wants. (Matt 19:16-30)

3. Has my capacity to love increased beyond myself and family.  To my community and ever increasing beyond? Do I love with all my heart, thought and deed? To share the love of Christ with all whom I meet . (John 13:34-35)

4. Do I think I’m too young, look at how the Lord chose David or do I think I’m too old, see how the Lord chose Abraham and Moses to do His Will to the end. Do I still ask God, “Father what would You have me do?” or instead ask, “Father what do You need to be done?”

5. Do I carry my cross with and through Christ, knowing His yoke for me is easy and my burden light?
6. Am I ready and willing to lay down my life for a friend?

7. Do I truly love my Lord, my God always and remain focused on His Will for me through His Son Jesus Christ

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