Trust the King
by TERI TOLPA
Lately, I’ve been wanted to learn more about how to pray. I’m in the middle of a 7-week course on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The course is designed as a taste of the 30-day or 30-week Ignatian Retreats, except we meet for an hour and a half, once a week, for seven weeks. The course has been great and has really helped me delve deeper into praying with Scripture.
Part of what I have been learning is how to truly immerse myself into Scripture. One of the ways to do this is to use my imagination to experience all the sights, sounds and experiences of the events of the Bible.
Today, I was not reflecting on a Scripture passage, but on the Call of the King. Christ has called us to follow Him. Fr. Joe Tetlow, SJ has translated a passage called “The Kingdom” which encourages us to imagine Christ saying something like these words to His disciples:
“It is my will to win over the whole of humankind. No enemy can defeat me or finally interfere with My Kingdom. I will draw all to myself. I will stay with my friends and we will labor and struggle, watch and pray. No one will have to go through anything that I do not myself go through. Whoever works with me and suffers with me will also share the glory of the Kingdom with me. I assure you, I will see my project crowned with total success.”
Jesus is calling you to follow Him in a radical way, in your own individual way. Being a Christian is radical. It is countercultural. The world will think you are crazy. Sacrifice and suffering doesn’t make sense in the world’s eyes.
Yet, it makes perfect sense to those who truly believe Our Lord and His promises. He has promised us that He has already won the battle. He has promised us that it will not be easy. He has promised us that if we follow Him, we will be saved. Will we trust in the Lord, our creator, the One who has given us everything?