Welcome to 2019 brothers and sisters; coming with your new New Year’s Resolutions all bright and shinny and ready to be acted upon. I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to quit smoking, I’m going to get in shape; these are good resolves; but really how long do they last?

There is something that does last because the “returns” are out of this world. ‘Be My disciples’ Jesus invites us. Unfortunately many Christians don’t see themselves as disciples. “I’m just a normal Christian. I go to Mass. I believe. I try to be a good person. But I’m not good enough to be a disciple.” Too often, we view “ordinary Christians” and “disciples” as being in two separate categories.

Disciples are those super-Christians, those who are part of an elite group of religious leaders of exceptionally spiritual people, Bishops, priest, sisters, brothers, Mother Teresa, and lay-leaders and people who show up at every event at my parish- those are disciples. But I’m just an ordinary guy in pew #16. I could never be a disciple.

What if I should tell you that being a disciple is not beyond you, and that it’s something you’ve already begun experiencing in your relationship with God? What if I told you that learning to live more intentionally as a disciple can make all the difference in you spiritual life?

If you desire a closer, more intimate relationship with Jesus- if you desire your spiritual life to grow more profoundly and go far beyond the humdrum existence of a Christian who is just going through the motions- then step back with me and consider what it means to follow Jesus intentionally as a disciple!!

Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.