Following Jesus? July 21, 2010Posted by Phil Groom in Random Musings, Short Story, Theological Reflection, Watching and Waiting.
Tags: Bookselling, Discipleship
JESUS was walking through the shopping centre in Galilee when he saw Simon and his brother Andrew at work stocking the shelves with books, for they were booksellers. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you readers of people.” At once they left their bookshelves and followed him.
Going a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in another bookshop unpacking their boxes. At once he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the shop with the hired staff and followed him.
Another bookseller named Philip was watching all this. “What about me, Jesus?” he asked. “Should I leave my bookshelves to follow you too?”
Jesus looked at Philip and smiled. “What do you see, Philip?” he asked.
“I see your name written on each book, I see the light in your eyes each time someone picks one up and turns the pages,” Philip replied.
“The light shines in the darkness,” said Jesus, “and the darkness has never put it out.”