Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go?
You have the words of eternal life.
We have come to believe
and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-68)
Daily, I like to walk 10,000 + steps and on Sundays, I hop on a bus down to Michigan Avenue and there walk up and down the street as well as in and out of the stores. I usually am able to avoid any salespeople and keep up a good pace. This past Sunday, Samuel, standing outside his store in the mall, hooked me in by holding out what looked to be a brown straw and offering it to me. As soon as I took the bait, Samuel, took out another one, bit off one end, and drank the contents, at the same time suggesting I do that as well. So began an interesting fifteen or twenty minutes of listening to Samuel’s spiel and just narrowly escaping with my wallet in tack.
My world, as I suspect yours is as well, is inundated daily by emails, texts, and phone calls, telling me what I should do, who I should support in the coming elections, who I should condemn and where I should spend my money. This Information Age can and often does challenge my patience and leave me wondering, who is right.
Jesus, I respond with Simon Peter today and ask: “Master, to whom should I go…” I feel like Samuel (not the salesman I mention above who has all the answers, but the one in scripture, who keeps hearing your call). Help me hear your word today, Jesus, and to follow you.
Dan O’Donnell is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.