He said to him, “Follow me.” (John 1:43b)
“Come and see” (John 1:39a). “Follow me” (v. 43b). These are the words of Jesus that summon the first disciples toward a new life of faith. “Come and see” – because coming to where Jesus is allows us to see Jesus’ life and ministry, a life and ministry that offer a new model for how to live life in this world. But “Follow me” is a bit more difficult. “Follow me” requires a whole-life commitment to go into the unknown without readily recognizing any underlying purpose. “Follow me” involves active participation in the mystery of faith. “Follow me” demands a level of courage and confidence to face whatever we might face.
But it is good to know who it is we’re following. It is he who grants us the courage and confidence to follow faithfully. – rc