“Will you be my disciple, or will you be my executioner?”
Henri Nouwen excerpt From Action to Passion
Bread and Wine Readings for Lent and Easter
(a visiting dragonfly / Julie Cook / 2016)
Living in a time filled with…
the chronic pursuit of a middle ground,
the incessant scrambling of meeting half way,
the constant yearning for compromise…
the mindless steamrolling to level all playing fields….
Our society anguishes to create the equilibrium of the overt…
Striking any negative or counter thought or action into a thousand pieces…
Society screams that anything and everything is perfectly okay…by gosh by golly!…
Yet that’s the thing…
It’s not ok.
No matter how much the culture police shout.
There is no waffling or fence riding, not magic middle…
Despite being the culture of infinite choices…
the “that’s okay” while “that’s ok too…”
The time in which each individual may have what they want while doing what they want…
be it legal or illegal,
sinful or saintly,
of the norm or over the top…
We just want it all to be…
And by all means…
Yet the question remains…
The same question asked ages past…
Just as it is asked today…
Will you be my disciple or my executioner…?
Will you pick up your cross and follow me?
Will you follow me on this journey to hell and back?
Will you say you will follow only to…
nail my hands and feet to a tree…?
Will you honor me when it means to dishonor Caesar (your government, your culture, your status quo)
Will you acknowledge me when it means to ignore your peers, your entertainers, your athletes, your politicians, your friends…
The ultimate yes or no..
No let me think about it,
No can we just strike a balance…
Or it is
“There is no middle ground here.
Jesus went to Jerusalem to put people in a situation where they had to say “Yes” or “No”
That is the great drama of Jesus’ passion”
he had to wait upon how people were going to respond.
How would they come?
To betray him or to follow him?
In a way, his agony is not simply the agony of approaching death.
It is the agony of having to wait…”
From Action to Passion
The time for a decision is now
The time of waiting is finally over….
Will it be yes?
Or will it be no?