The Rabbi-Disciple Relationship: Part 3

Commitment to Christ is a full-time job. It’s more than a Bible study. It’s a relationship. How does our relationship with Christ look today?


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Jeff Cavins

Jeff Cavins is the director of the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over the past several years, he has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure, a practical, interactive Bible study system that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Sacred Scripture. Jeff holds an MA in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He resides with his wife, Emily, and their three daughters in Minnesota.

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  • kristyv8

    I really love the visualization of meeting Jesus in a coffee shop. Thinking of what I would say to Him and what HE would say to me. Then, I realize I should already be seeing Jesus through everyone I encounter throughout my day. I always need to remind myself to see Jesus in everyone around me & realize He puts all people in my path for a reason. My biggest challenge is “loving thy neighbor”. Having a deeper relationship with the Lord will help me to live by His example & love all others…and live in His will for me.

  • kevin

    at end of october, we did luke 18:9 thru 14. at beginning of november, we did luke 19:1 thru 10. but we skipped end of luke 18. if jesus in the coffee shop said sell all that you have and give it to the poor and come follow me…

  • Paul

    I just read Mark 10:45 this morning and then watched this. I think God is trying to tell me something.

  • pnkyB4brain

    To be honest, that encounter meeting with Jesus would be the best day of my life and I know I would say, “Yes!” to Our Lord. I would be on cloud nine for the day because I was able to talk to my mentor, my teacher, and my only true love.
    Then the next day would begin and I wonder if I would start putting “conditions” to being a follower of Christ. Can I put being a follower on hold when I am not busy with a meeting or month end stats that are time sensitive and need to be at their destination within 24 hours? Or, I have to deal with family problems that seem to be ever present?
    This question/challenge that has been presented to us has stirred up a caldron of feelings inside me and is making me think how many times I have put “conditions” on so many proposals presented to me during my life.
    This is not about me, it is about sharing this intimate love that I have with Our Lord with others and the conditions need to vanish because the answer is “Yes or No”. It is as simple as that. “Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and we have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6 67:69.

  • Andy

    Time to get personal…personal with Jesus, that is.

  • donna g

    I’m on my way to the coffee shop so Jeff, you have my attention, and I am pretty excited. I’m reminded that I will meet Jesus there in the people I meet, so how will I treat them?
    I pray every morning before my feet hit the ground, and Jesus asks me if I will be His disciple today. It’s been a life long journey since I made my 1st Communion and fell in love with the Eucharist. How do I do? I can say I’ve come a long way since I was that 7yr old child and I have a long way to go. The exciting thing about this journey is Jesus takes me where I am and leads me every step of the way where He wants me to be. It’s a step at a time ever so merciful and gentle. I fail many days. and He always there when everyone else walks away, putting people in my life, to get me back on track and to serve him. Right now I find I serve Him best in His suffering body; those who are hurting and alone, widows, elderly, the unpopular. Thank you for this reflection.

  • AnneJenkins

    Some time ago I struggled with Paul’s exhortation to pray always. How can a lay person do that I wanted to know…. then the answer came to me…. my whole life is supposed to be a prayer….everything I do and say should reflect the will of my Savoir Jesus Christ. It is then that every breath would be a prayer and I would accomplish the exhortation of Paul….. But egad…. as the Screwtape Letters revealed…. the Devil is busy making me busy…. I must focus …. filter out the busy and dedicate that Time with the Rabbi.

  • Alan

    Goodness me, I truly felt the question poke my mind…..where am I right now? everywhere, sometimes purposeless and going through the motions of my Christian walk…the question for me clearly is about the need for prayer and time spent in prayer.I need that star-bucks relationship with Jesus

  • DebraL

    I would just love to meet Jesus in a coffee shop, but the question I have to ask myself “Could I have given up everything to be a disciple? This means my children, my grandchild, the luxury of my own home, peaceful nights. Today I can say “Yes” but if it came down to it. Yes or No? Hmmmm I truly don’t want to be just a fan, but really from the depths of my soul I want to be a true follower.

  • Don Schwab, ofs

    Well, though I still have along way to go towards becoming a disciple based on these first three presentations ,this third install gives me hope – I have a full prayer life and spend most of the day in some kind of prayer. However, Jeff’s initial presentation in this series still gives me pause – I still feel like a fan. How do I evangelize my Faith?


  • Lucy

    In those days where life is just so hard, the days where no one seems to be your friend ,this is the test. The days that God sends someone who really needs a smile or a hug or a shoulder to cry on, these are the days that Jesus calls us to be Him when all you truly want to do some days, is to revert to your ‘old self’ To be Jesus to the rude assistant/,teenager/,husband. Yikes!!!! I am so happy I have Jesus in my heart now and live out my days trying to be like Him whatever the world throws at me.

  • Jan

    Where am I in this relationship with Jesus? Well, today I am on shaky ground. A month ago, I feel I was more committed in my prayer and relationship with Jesus. Then a life event happened and past feelings and actions occurred which threw me off balance in my relationship with the Lord. I’m glad this event took place because I can see growth has occurred in my relationship with Jesus, but I still fail at times. So I guess you could say I’m still struggling and growing.

  • Jody

    Growing through our struggles, that’s a very good thing. Everyday brings challenges for me, I will be honest, if I met Jesus in a coffee shop, I would say yes I’ll follow you , let’s go! But like pinkyb4brian, I would come up with all kinds of excuses or conditions. And so my solution, I will spend time everyday with Jesus-struggling,learning,growing, falling flat on my face sometimes, but getting up and starting all over again, everyday with Jesus.

  • Michell

    I have a child like relationship with Jesus. I talk to him daily in all I do. I do a lot of small talk with Him. I don’t put words together like my friends do. I know the bible stories but can’t tell you where to find them,and probably never will. So am I doing His work without know all the book work? We walk together and I know He is always there with me. i DO GET STARED BUT THEN i ASK hIM TO CARRY ME AND hE DOES. I am not special but wonder if I am ok not being more educated on the faith. I try but big words are hard for me to understand. I am retired now and love doing more for the Lord.