There are always two – The Master and the Disciple
Being a disciple pre supposes that a personal experience or revelation has drawn us to want to be a disciple of Jesus our Master – Baptism establishes a covenant relationship between us and a lifelong journey begins…….
We can be forgiven for understanding discipleship as a function of “who I am and what I do”, when it is rather a “who do I belong to and what is required of me” relationship.
The first disciples of Jesus were disciple’s first of John the Baptist (Luke 5 1-11) and become disciples of Jesus who had then and has now a mission of drawing all into the Kingdom of His Father, our Father.
This is outworked in two ways, firstly, over time our relationship should ensure that we become more like the Master, which culminates in a lifelong daily journey that “Jesus, our Master” gives us the grace to complete through the Holy Spirt which he gives us.
Secondly that grace will ensure that we can come to love the Master more through that lifelong daily journey.
In the scriptures Jesus takes us through three stages of discipleship
- A personal understanding of our relationship through scripture, the Mass, the sacraments and of course, lived experience with all its joys and sorrows.
- Learning, gaining information, developing personally, and as a part of the body of Christ.
- Going out, the action of mission, serving those we come across and ministering in the power of the Holy Spirit, given through Jesus for all manner of helps, healing and ministry.
Our daily lives as parents, as clergy, as single, as religious, as baptised disciples, must, at the same time glorify the Master, and witness to those we come across who need help, healing and ministry.