The Great Adventure
From the desk of Fr. Casey
The life of a disciple is always an adventure. Stepping out and following Jesus requires both courage and dedication. This is because “adventure” does not always equate to “easy”. In fact, when we look at some of the classic literary examples throughout the ages, from Greek epics like The Iliad or The Odyssey, to modern classics like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, a common theme you will find in adventure stories is conflict. In a sense, conflict is essential to adventure.
We certainly see this theme of conflict in the life of disciples portrayed in the Scripture readings this week. Jonah is asked by God to go somewhere he does not want to go. Andrew, Peter, and James face the challenge of being called away from the life they have come to know. Following God’s will is not always easy. If we find it so, we are probably doing it wrong.
Jesus does not promise us comfort. Nowhere does He ever say “Blessed are the comfortable.” But rather, Jesus calls us all out of our comfort zone into new adventure. Comfort is not promised. Grace, salvation, victory, and everlasting life are. Jesus won these for us through His great adventure: His Suffering, Death, and Resurrection. He calls us, by name, to enter with Him into the great adventure, to take our place in His Kingdom, by following Him, through Calvary into unfading Glory.