Our readings this morning are Romans 1 and Matthew 9:10-13. Paul, in Romans, is speaking about God's grace, and Love, shown in Jesus Christ. In Matthew Jesus is calling Matthew and explaining he has come to be with all people "not just the healthy." Jesus, and Paul, were speaking to the people of their time but also to us. The call is for each of us to be a "follower" of Jesus -- to be a Disciple or, if you prefer, disciple. I know a capital "D" reminds us of the 12 and a lower case "d" is for each (and all!) of us. Paul is even pointing out how "through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name's sake." (Romans 1:5)
So..... when we hear "disciple, or Disciple" are we thinking "one of the 12" or "follower -- like me" of Jesus Christ? When we think "disciple" are we thinking student, learning, growing and strengthening? Or are we thinking "they used to do this -- the 12" but that was then and this is now? IF we do believe we are "disciples" of Jesus Christ (which we are!) are we learning, growing, strengthening AND sharing? Or are we sitting back waiting for someone else to share "the good news?"
Something interesting to be thinking about as we watch the trees getting new leaves, flowers coming up and all the other signs of spring.