The TIME Has Come!

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

Litany of the Way of Jesus

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.
Saying, “The time is fulfilled.
And the kingdom of God has come near.”
Listen to his words. “Seek first the kingdom of God.”
The kingdom of God is all around you.
The kingdom of God is right there in your presence.

Reading the Word of God. Read a passage slowly and carefully within the bible.
Prayer. Having a loving conversation with God.
Meditation. Thinking deeply or dwelling upon a spiritual reality within a text.
Contemplation. Resting in Gods presence.
Action. Go and do likewise.

Pray: Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven,
Let us, by our vocation or calling, allow Your Kingdom
To be discovered
within us and around us!

The kingdom of God is a vision of a community committed to a distinctive way of life.
The first followers of Jesus became known as the “followers of the Way.”
As they listened to his teachings, they put them into practice.

Following Jesus means practicing radical love.
Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Treat others as you would have them treat you.
Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.

Following Jesus means practicing lavish generosity.
Give to everyone who begs from you.
Do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.
Lend, expecting nothing in return.
Sell your possessions, and give money to the poor.

Following Jesus means practicing extravagant forgiveness.
Forgive and you will be forgiven.
Pray for those who mistreat you.
Bless those who curse you.
Forgive seventy times seven times.
Following Jesus means practicing inclusive hospitality.

He welcomed the rejected and outcasts.
He touched and healed the unclean and diseased.
He shared meals with the despised and marginalized.
He blessed the destitute, the hungry, and the weeping.

Following Jesus means practicing compassionate action.
Jesus was moved with compassion to heal the sick.
Jesus was moved with compassion to feed the hungry crowds.
The Samaritan was moved by compassion for the man by the side of road.
The father was moved by compassion for his prodigal son.
Be compassionate as God is compassionate.
Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall receive compassion.

Following Jesus means practicing selfless service.
Feed the hungry.
Give drink to the thirsty.
Clothe the naked.
Care for the sick.
Visit the imprisoned.
Welcome the stranger and immigrant.
The greatest among you will be your servant.

Following Jesus means practicing a passion for justice.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of justice.
Bring good news to the poor and oppressed.
Strive first for God’s justice.

Following Jesus means practicing creative nonviolence.
If anyone hits you on your right cheek, offer him your left cheek too.
If anyone forces you to go one mile, then go two miles.
If anyone takes your coat, give him the shirt off your back too.
If anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again.
Do not return evil for evil.
Blessed are those that work for peace.

Following Jesus means practicing simple living.
One’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.
Do not worry about what you will eat.
Do not worry about what you will drink.
Do not worry about what you will wear.
Jesus taught a way of costly commitment which led to the cross.
Empower us to respond to the call of Jesus.
To give up self-centered ambition.
To take up our crosses.
And to follow Jesus.

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

About Dr. Ernie Sherretta, D. Min.

Retired Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Church since 2014, granted a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Charles Seminary, an M.A. in Religious Studies from St. Charles Seminary, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Spiritual Well-Being Counselor
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