Jesus calls each of us to follow Him. The call sounds different and comes at different times, but it does come. When we hear it, I pray we have the courage to follow Him. It won't be easy. It wasn't for Peter or James or John or the others. But they went anyway.
Naming things is powerful. God named things in the beginning and they came into being. God renamed people and their whole identity and how they related to the world was altered forever. God names Jesus his beloved Son in his baptism, and us by exension in our baptisms. Jesus renames Simon as Peter and caused him to behave in ways likely antithetical to his nature. So, what does it mean that this Friday we will name Donald Trump President of the United States, and what subversive power might be released by doing so?
When we are baptized into Christ's death and Resurrection, some of what he did and embodied passes on to us as our responsibility in our new baptismal life. Specifically we are called to be prophets, priests, and royalty.
St. John Chrysostom, Patron Saint of Preachers
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