Saturday Morning: 09 Mar 2019 – John 21:15-25 ~ As for you, follow me.

Saturday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (Collect for Purity)

Almighty God: to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid; cleanse the thoughts of my heart through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that I may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ my Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – John 21:15-25 (NLT)

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.

“I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

Peter turned around and saw behind them the disciple Jesus loved—the one who had leaned over to Jesus during supper and asked, “Lord, who will betray you?” Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?”

Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” So the rumor spread among the community of believers that this disciple wouldn’t die. But that isn’t what Jesus said at all. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

This disciple is the one who testifies to these events and has recorded them here. And we know that his account of these things is accurate.

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.
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Morning Reflection:

Trusting Jesus for our Future

When Jesus calls us to follow him, he is really asking us to trust him in everything, even when we don’t understand it all. Jesus called Peter to “feed my sheep,” and then follow him even unto death. John was called to follow Jesus into a mixed-message, unknown future. And so Jesus calls us to follow him into the future he has prepared for us. What might that entail?

+ Trusting Jesus to lead us into the future, including times of trial, and the time and manner of our death.

+ Trusting Jesus to show us how and where we are to serve Him, without concern for how he uses others.

+ Trusting Jesus to return in glory, to bring mercy and justice, even when we don’t understand the details.

+ Trusting the reliability of Jesus’ Word, and the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth sufficient for faith and practice.

Trusting Jesus for our future is not a small thing, it is everything – our lives past, present and future depend on it.

Questions for Consideration:

  • Have you decided to follow Jesus into the future he has prepared for you? Please explain. If not, please follow this link to PeaceWithGod.net
  • What trials or struggles are you currently experiencing? How does trusting Jesus help you with this? Please explain.
  • What are your thoughts concerning your death? How does trusting Jesus help you with this? Please explain.
  • How has Jesus called you to serve him? How does trusting him help you with this? Please explain.
  • How does Jesus’ return affect your sense of justice? How does trusting Jesus help you with this? Please explain.
  • What is your practice of reading and reflecting on God’s Word? What role does the Holy Spirit play in this? Why is this important for trusting Jesus for your future? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer: Prayer for Trust in Jesus – St. Ignatius of Loyola

O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things. All to the glory of your name. Amen.
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“Oh My Soul” – Casting Crowns

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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