Saturday, 27 August 2011
Keep following Jesus!
The last two weeks have been very eventful. WYD in Madrid was a great experience and, thanks be to God, a great way of being able to be a witness for God by even just being there and being able to wear the habit. There were so many positive reactions towards us brother as being young and standing up for our faith, daring to be counter cultural. There were also some very interesting questions being asked about God, the reason why I choose religious life or how one can discern where God is calling you.
However being a Dominican, and as such also valuing my silent time in prayer, I am glad I had the opportunity to do a course straight after WYD which has brought me to Poland. In contrast to the excitement of Madrid, the contrast is quite stark as the retreat house is situated between mountains giving ample opportunity to find time to contemplate, read or even hike in between the regular life and the formal sessions.
It it nice to settle a bit and to think where the road ahead is leading towards. This ties in to the Gospel of this weekend, the twenty second Sunday in ordinary time. Jesus is explaining His disciples that He has to go to Jerusalem and what will happen there, that He will be handed over, killed and being raised on the third day.
Peter stand up and rebukes Jesus saying that that would never happen to Him, but Jesus is stark and says to Peter "get behind me Satan [...] You are thinking not as God does, but as human being do". Jesus continues to say that whoever wants to follow Him needs to deny himself, take up his cross.
In order to follow Jesus we need to take up our own crosses and follow Him. But in so doing we need to trust in Him that He will lead us the way! At the end there is the triumph! An event as WYD can really lead us towards an encounter with Christ, but now we are back home we need to make sure we keep walking to road we have chosen, which is the road of life, of happiness and which leads to eternal joy!
The Irish Dominicans have a website called Dominicans Interactive with online resources. We also have an iPhone/iPad App, which can be found in the iTunes App Store.