I like the song, “Orange Crush,” and REM was one of the bands I recommended to my teenagers years ago when they began to be interested in contemporary music. At home, I had usually played Gregorian chant and classical music, but I knew there would come a day when they would want to listen to the music of the world, as most ordinary teenagers do. I thought that if I took some interest in what listened to, then I might decrease the chances of having heavy metal and highly offensive lyrics enter their lives.
But that’s not what this post is about – I wanted to talk about the concept of ‘following.’ I have a few ‘followers’ now, after blogging for about eight weeks and it feels nice, as well as being somewhat surprising. What do I have to say that hasn’t been said before, or isn’t being said somewhere else? Well, nothing really. There is no new revelation, either in spiritual matters or in the material world. The ancient Greeks noticed that there were a handful of stories that repeated themselves over and over, but, those stories are still happening and people are still writing about them.
Perhaps the one thing that changes is the language, and the talent that a writer has for making a story or character relevant to us.Perhaps each writer is destined to ‘speak’ to a limited number of ‘followers’ so that every listener hears their story spoken in their own ‘language.’
There is one story that resonates with every person, that is God’s ‘Love Story’, and only one Person that deep in our hearts we are all yearning to follow; that is Jesus Christ.
He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Our lives are the story of how we follow Him, whether that be closely, remotely, consciously, unknowingly.
May your story reflect your love of God and may you follow Him, the source of all Good, all the days of your life.
And may God bless little Darcy today, as he enters the Church through Baptism; a new follower and a new page in the storybook of life.