Why Follow Jesus?

Yesterday was the last gathering of Weekly Manna at UST for this academic year, as classes end next week. It was a bittersweet session, as my dear friend Chato Hazelbaker, who has been the guiding force behind Manna will be leaving the law school next week to take a new position at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

After we offered a little tribute to Chato, I gave the reflection for the day. I began by reading a poem I shared here last month, Follow by the late Roland Flint, which asks why the disciples left everything behind to follow Jesus.

With that introduction, I talked about relationship with Christ as the motivation for discipleship. In my reflection I also shared descriptions by Thomas Merton and C.S.Lewis of experiences of God that affected them deeply. My hope in doing so was to encourage the students, as we approach the end of another academic year, to take some time to reflect back on their experiences of God over the past year, to focus on where their life’s landscape has been transfigured by God’s presence and love.

You can access a recording of my reflection here or stream it from the icon below. The podcast runs for 13:03.