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Come, follow me!

first_imgFaithLifestyleLocalNews Come, follow me! by: – January 23, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Share 33 Views   no discussionscenter_img Come follow me. Photo credit: sugardoodle.netWe tend to interpret a call from God in dramatic terms, largely because that’s how it’s commonly described. The classic example is the boy Samuel’s call in the middle of the night. In the light of Samuel’s experience, a call is felt to be something you literally hear, to which you are to respond immediately. But a call is not a literal voice; it is someting that corresponds to where your heart has always unknowingly led you. Awareness of a call may come upon you suddenly, but there’s always a subterranean growth that preceded awareness, and a slow process of understanding that follows afterwards. In today’s reading we have the first disciples called – again dramatically. They are doing what they normally do, fishing and mending their nets. Jesus appears, and says you come, you come, you come – and they all leave their nets immediately and follow him. All very dramatic and tailored, and that’s why we have to exercise care in how we understand what we read.Jesus didn’t appear out of the blue. He was known to the disciples before he appeared by the sea that day. John the Baptist had previously invested him with Messianic significance, and we know that expectations of a Messiah were rife at the time – expectations, that is, of a national leader who would lead the Jews from bondage under Rome to freedom. Agaisnt this background, when Jesus appears and says: you come, you come, and you come, it’s received as a summons by a possible Messiah to join him on his way to restoring the Jewish kingdom. Who could say no? These are fisherman suddenlycalled to big things far beyond their dreams. Of course, they drop everything and follow him. The rewards are, as I say, beyond anything they could imagine.We get some idea of how they thought at this time from a later occurrence. Jesus, we are told, caught them arguing one day as to who was the greatest. And we can sense immediately what was going on. Who gets called first would be significant, as opposed to who gets second, third, fourth, fifth, and last call. It’s how we rank importance and standing in some contexts. The founding members of a political party, for instance, are more important than those who possess a party card through application. Party-card members don’t count in quite the same way.The disciples learned only very slowly what following Jesus meant. They thought they knew, and they had to unlearn what they thought; and that did not occur immediately. It took time and came about slowly. As they progressed, they encountered hurdles of a deeper kind, affecting their entire sense of themselves. After being with Jesus for some time, they clearly got to appreciate and love him. This led Peter on a famous occasion when he sensed that there was potential trouble ahead for Jesus to declare. “If these others should leave you, you can always count on me.” But Peter didn’t know himself. He only thought he did. At the first sign of the anticipated trouble, Peter abandoned the one he promised he would stand by.Following Jesus means being open to learning about yourself and not flinching. One must put aside rationalizations and pretenses, and learn that the only way to be before God is in nakedness and confidence. When Peter began to see that, that was when he began to resemble the Master.Following Jesus differs from individual to individual. It’s the most personal of joumeys. It takes you where it does, where sometimes you would rather not go. It has demands that seem particularly difficult or hard – and yet in the doing, in the meeting of these demands the experience is that the yoke is sweet and the burden light. But that is the experience of doing, not of thinking.Today we open our hearts again to following, to the journey we must each make, to learning and unlearning, to humility, confidence, and growth in resemblance to the Master. Let us place ourselves in his company, with all who have given over their lives to him, in obedience to his call: Come, follow me!By: Father Henry Charles PhD Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Bieber strikes out 11 as streaking Indians shut out Pirates

first_img First Published: 21st August, 2020 08:20 IST Written By FOLLOW US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Unbeaten Shane Bieber racked up 11 more strikeouts and the Cleveland Indians blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep and extend their winning streak to a season-high six games.The right-hander allowed six hits and walked none in six innings, throwing 99 pitches. Bieber (5-0) has struck out a major league-best 65 in 40 2/3 innings, an average of 14.4 per nine innings.Oliver Perez, Nick Wittgren, James Karinchak and Brad Hand finished the shutout. Hand recorded his seventh save in as many opportunities.Cleveland has won 10 of its last 13. Pittsburgh lost for the 14 time in 16 games and has the worst record in the big leagues at 4-17.Bieber has at least eight strikeouts in all six of his starts, the third-longest such streak to start a season in Indians history. Bob Feller did it in nine straight games in 1946 and Sam McDowell had a seven-game streak in 1966.It was the 11th double-digit strikeout game of Bieber’s three-year career. Herb Score (17) and Feller (12) are the only Indians with more.Bradley Zimmer had an RBI single in the second inning and Cleveland got its second run on first baseman Josh Bell’s throwing error in the eighth.Trevor Williams (1-4) was lifted after throwing 90 pitches in four innings. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five.Tyler Naquin had three hits for Cleveland, which left 14 runners on base.Kevin Newman, who extended his hitting streak to nine games, and Jacob Stallings both had two hits apiece for the Pirates.FRANCONA’S STATUSThe Indians hope to have manager Terry Francona back in the dugout Friday night when they play the Tigers in the opener of a three-game series in Cleveland.Francona had a medical procedure this week to address a gastrointestinal issue that has bothered him since spring training. Francona missed his 11th game Thursday because of the ailment.“We need Tito here,” said first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., who is managing the club in Francona’s absence. “He brings so much to the table.”PIRATES EXEC TESTS POSITIVEPirates President Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19 and said he is “on the road to recovery.” He said he knows of no other positive tests within the organization.He said in a statement Thursday he began feeling symptoms Monday night.“Fortunately, however, I followed the critical health and safety protocols that we have put in place, including wearing a mask as required, maintaining safe social distance,” Williams said.Williams said the team has begun tracing to identify anyone with whom he may have been in contact.McKENZIE TO DEBUTHighly touted Indians pitching prospect Triston McKenzie is scheduled to make his major league debut Saturday night, starting against Detroit.McKenzie missed last season because of a shoulder injury after pitching at Double-A Akron in 2018. He has gone 26-16 with a 2.68 ERA in 60 minor league games over four seasons.McKenzie was a supplemental first-round draft pick in 2015.BANISHED PITCHERS UPDATECleveland right-hander Zach Plesac was scheduled to pitch a simulated game Thursday at the team’s alternate training site in Eastlake, Ohio, after righty Mike Clevinger worked five innings in the same circumstances on Wednesday.Plesac and Clevinger were sent to the alternate site last week. They broke COVID-19 protocols by leaving the team hotel the previous weekend in Chicago.SEE YA LATERPirates designated hitter Colin Moran was ejected in the fourth inning by third base umpire Tripp Gibson for arguing a check-swing third strike.UP NEXTIndians: RHP Adam Plukto (1-1, 3.95 ERA) will face Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (0-0, 7.56) on Friday. Cleveland has won 20 straight games against Detroit.Pirates: Open a three-game home series with the Milwaukee Brewers as RHP Chad Kuhl (0-1, 3.21) opposes RHP Adrian Houser (1-1, 3.27). Kuhl is 3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in seven career games against the Brewers.Image credits: AP center_img Last Updated: 21st August, 2020 08:20 IST Bieber Strikes Out 11 As Streaking Indians Shut Out Pirates Unbeaten Shane Bieber racked up 11 more strikeouts and the Cleveland Indians blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep and extend their winning streak to a season-high six games Associated Press Television News LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more