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Mk 1:14-20 · 1Co 7:29-31 · Jnh 3:1-5, 10 · Ps 62
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The Adventure of Discipleship
Mark 1:14-20

Today's Gospel is about Jesus' calling of his first four disciples. It is about the first people who were called to hold the job which we hold today. Mark's story is not very elaborate. It is short and to the point. There is a certain note of adventure as the four men leave their fishing business to go with Jesus, but there is not much in the story that seems terribly upsetting.

What the story doesn't tell about is what those men were getting in for by becoming followers of Jesus. To find out what was really in store for them, we have to keep reading. And what we discover is that being a disciple was not glamorous. In fact, it was downright dangerous.

Later in Mark we hear Jesus say, "Whoever loses his life for my sake and the sake of the gospel will find it." Matthew includes another comment: "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword." Those are disturbing statements, especially for those of us who are today's disciples.

He was saying that being his disciple is not an easy task. He was saying that the gospel is a disturbing force in the world which can upset individuals and nations alike. It brings change and new experiences to all who hear it...

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Je Suis Jesus
1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Thirty years ago, the big hit movie, the "it" teen adventure film, was called "Back To The Future" (1985). It starred Michael J. Fox and in that now classic film, time travel was made possible by a machine called the "flux capacitor." This machine was "hot-wired" to the hottest car of that age, a "DeLorian." Does anyone remember the year that far-distant, fantastic-future-time-traveling teen hero lands in?

2015. Today. Looking back at the vision which that 1985 movie projected, it is hard not to feel cheated. Where are my self-lacing sneakers? Where is my floating hover-board skateboard? (A gadget that would have made tree trimming awesome!). Where, most importantly, is my flying car?

The 1985 "Back To The Future" movie was the first of three. But the same storyline continued throughout each movie. The teen hero kept traveling back in time, then forward in time, then back to his present time, then "back to the future," all in order to keep his life here and now on track. By the time this three-movie series concluded, the "space-time continuum" was a convoluted, snarly-boodled mess.

The bad news? 80s movie-goers got confused. The good news? Living in the past, the present, and the future simultaneously is not some Hollywood film. Living in the power of the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is to come is now, has always been, and always will be, the real world experience of the Christian.

How many of you can sit in the pew today and still taste the sweetness of your grandmother's cookies? How many of you can still hear the cheers from the crowd in that basketball game you starred in? How many of you can still feel the touch of a parent, sibling, spouse or friend, even though their death occurred decades ago? The past is never "past." The past is forever present either empowering or encumbering us as we move into the future...

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