In this reflection for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022, Fr. Erik Arnold challenges us to not play it safe when it comes to our relationship with Jesus. Do something crazy as you follow Jesus.
It’s easy to play it safe. We don’t want to stand out. We don’t want to look different. We may we worried that our sins could keep Jesus from wanting to call us closer to himself. These are all the same things that Peter probably worried about.
What is Jesus calling you to? What would it look like to not play it safe with Jesus, but to be bold? What would it mean to you and your families if you decided not to play it safe with your relationship with Jesus?
You are meant to live life to the full, and that starts with encountering and responding to the Lord. He has great plans for us, and it is only in a relationship with Him that we can truly become who we were created to be!
But how do we encounter Him, and how do we respond? It’s all as unique and personal as you are, and it’s built into the way He created you. Come and see.
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Fr. Erik Arnold
Rev. Arnold was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1999 and serves as pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Maryland. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and is ChristLife's liaison to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. He has served as a speaker for ChristLife, an evangelization ministry in Maryland.