August 15, 2022     7:18 am
145. Week of First Sunday after Easter - Thursday
What is that to you? Follow Me
          What is that to you? Follow Me   John 21:22
          The risen Lord also addressed these words to Peter: "Truly, truly, I say to you, When you were younger, you girded yourself, and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you shall stretch out your hands, and another will gird you, and carry you where you do not wish." He said this to indicate to him by what death he would glorify God, namely, by the death of a martyr. And when He had spoken this, He said to him: "Follow me." Peter was to follow His Lord unswervingly to death; and Peter now was most willing to do so, in the strength of Jesus.- But Peter turned about, perhaps because he heard some one walking, and seeing John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, who also had leaned on Jesus' breast at the Passover Supper, and had said: "Lord, who is it that betrays You?" he said to Jesus: "Lord, and what shall this man do?" He meant to say: By what death shall this man glorify God? Jesus said to him: "If I will that he remain till I come what is that to you? Follow you Me." Here take a lesson, my dear Christian! You must follow Jesus lovingly, and Jesus will love you and guide you as He wills, possibly along rugged paths, but to eternal salvation. And you must not turn about and look at others and say: If I am led this way, how will they be led? Or: If I must suffer so much, why not them, too? It is none of your concern how Jesus shall lead each one. That is His concern, and not yours. He will not have anyone interfere with His government. You follow Jesus fearlessly, and He will lead you on a blessed way. But refrain from interfering with His government! - Then the saying went abroad among the brethren that that disciple should not die; yet Jesus had not said to him: He shall not die; but: "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?"
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, my dear Saviour, crucified and risen for me, thanks to whose great mercy I, a miserable sinner, have become Your disciple, grant me the Spirit of faith and of love and of power and of humility, that cheerfully and gladly I may follow Your guidance, wherever You will, without presumptuously questioning why You do this or that; for I know, O Lord, that You lead me to the realms of eternal bliss. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:18 am