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|Jesus says, "be following ME!"|
|From the Synoptic Gospels|
The Call of Levi & Eating with Sinners
proceeding from there Jesus saw [a] man sitting at [a] tax-booth, called
Matthew, and he says to him: Be following me. And having stood up, he followed
 And it came to pass when he was seated at table in the house that, behold, many tax-collectors and sinners came and sat down at table with Jesus and his disciples.
 And the Pharisees having seen this were saying to his disciples: Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?
 But having heard this he said: The healthy have no need of [a] physician, rather those having [it] evil-ly.
 But go and learn what it means:
I desire mercy and not sacrifice.
For I did not come to call [the] just, but sinners.
he went out along the sea, and all the crowd was coming after him, and he was
 And [while] passing by he saw Levi the [son] of Alpheus sitting at the toll-house, and he says to him: Be following me. And after rising he followed him.
 And it comes to pass he [was] reclining in his house and many tax-collectors and sinners were gathered with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many, and they were following him.
 And the scribes from the Pharisees, having seen that he is eating with tax-collectors and sinners, were saying to his disciples, [Why] is he eating with tax-collectors and sinners?
 And Jesus having heard [it] he says to them: The strong have no need of a physician, but [rather] those having [it] evil-ly; I did not come to call just [ones] but sinners.
after these [things] he went out, and behold [a] tax collector Levi by name
sitting in the tax office, and he said to him: Be following me.
 And having left all, having stood up, he followed him.
 And Levi gave [a] great banquet in his house,
and there was [a] great crowd of tax gatherers and others who were with them
| And calling upon the crowd
with his disciples he said to them: If anyone would come after me, let him
renounce himself and take
up his cross, and be following me.
 For whoever would save his psyche-life will lose it, but whoever loses his psyche-life because of me and the gospel will save it.
 For what does it profit [a] man to gain the whole world and forfeit his psyche-life?
 For what will [a] man give in exchange for his psyche-life?
 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the son of man will also be ashamed of him, when he come in the glory of his father with the holy angels.
| And he was saying to
them: If anyone wish to be coming after me, let1 him renounce himself and take his cross and be following me.
 For whoever wishes to save his psyche-life will lose it, but whoever loses his psyche-life because of me, this [one] will save it.
 For what does it profit [a] man having gained the whole world but having lost or forfeited himself?
The Rich Man
| And behold [one] having come to him said: Good teacher, What good
[thing] should I do in order that I have eternal zoe-life?
 So he said to him: Why do you ask me concerning the good? [Only] one is good. But if you wish to enter into zoe-life, be keeping the commandments.
 He says to him: Which? So Jesus said: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness,
 Honor father and mother, and agape-love your neighbor as yourself.
 The young man says to him: All these have I kept. What do I yet lack?
 Jesus said to him: If you wish to be complete, be going, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and Come! Be following me.
 But when the young man heard this statement he went away troubled, for he was having many possessions.
 But Jesus said to his disciples: Truly I say to
you that the rich hardly
enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
| And when he went out into the road, [one] having run up and having
knelt before him asked him, Good teacher, what should I do in order
that I may inherit eternal zoe-life?
 But Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? No one [is] good except one—God.
 You know the commandments: Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.
 But he said to him: Teacher, these [things] have I observed from childhood.
 But Jesus having fixed his gaze on him agape-loved him and said to him: One [thing] you lack. Be going, whatever you have sell and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and Come! Be following me.
 But having been appalled upon this word, he departed being deeply pained, for he was having many possessions.
 And having looked [about], Jesus says to his
disciples: How difficultly will those having possessions enter into the kingdom
And one of the rulers asked him saying: Good teacher, what having done
will I inherit eternal zoe-life?
 But Jesus said to him: Why do you call me good? No one is good except one—God.
 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not falsely witness, be honoring your father and mother.
 But he said, All these [things] I have kept since youth.
 But Jesus answering said to him: Yet one [thing] you lack. Sell all as much as you have and distribute [it] to the poor, and you will have treasure in the heavens, and Come! Be following me.
 But when he heard these [things] he was become deeply pained, for he was greatly rich.
 But seeing him Jesus said: How difficultly those having possessions enter into the kingdom of God.
 For it is easier for [a] camel to enter through [a] needle hole than [for] the rich to enter into the kingdom of God.
 But those who heard said: And who is able to be delivered?
 But he said: the [things] impossible with men are possible with God.
 But Peter said: Behold having left our own [things] we have followed you.
 So he said to them: Truly I say to you that there is no one who left houses or wives or brothers or parents or children because of the kingdom of God
 who would not receive much more in this opportune-time and in the eternity in the coming eternal zoe-life.
Challenging Professed Followers
| So Jesus
having seen [the] crowd around him, he called [for them] to withdraw to the
 And, coming to him, [one] of the scribes said to him: Teacher, I will follow you wherever you be going.
 And Jesus says to him: The foxes have lairs and the birds of heaven [have] nests, but the son of man has nowhere he may lay his head.
 Then another of the disciples said to him: Permit me first to go and bury my father.
 But Jesus says to him: Be following me, and let the dead bury their own dead.
| And when
they were proceeding in the road someone said to him: I will follow you wherever
 And Jesus said to him: The foxes have holes and the birds of heaven nest, but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.
 So he said to another: Be following me. But he said: Allow me first to depart to bury my father.
 But he said to him: Let the dead bury their own dead, but you having departed proclaim the kingdom of God.
 But another said to him: I will follow you Lord, but first allow me to take leave of my household.
 But Jesus said to him: No one having set his hand to the plow and looking back is suitable for the kingdom of God.
First Prediction of Jesus's Death and Resurrection
From then on Jesus began to explain to the disciples that he must
depart into Jerusalem and suffer many [things] from the elders and
chief priests and scribes and be killed and rise on the third day.
 And Peter taking him aside began to be rebuking him saying: Mercy to you, Lord! This will not be for you!
 But Jesus turning said to Peter: Withdraw behind me, Satan. You tempt me because you do not think on the [things] of God but of men.
 Then Jesus said to his disciples: Whoever wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
 For whoever wishes to save his psyche-life will lose it, and whoever loses his psyche-life because of me will find it.
 For how will [a] man be profited if he should gain the whole world and forfeit his own psyche-life? Or what will [a] man give in exchange for his psyche-life?
 For the son of man will come in the glory of his father with his angels, and then he will render to each according to his doings.
 Truly I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste of death until they see the son of man coming in his kingdom.
|From the Fourth Gospel|
|The Disciples Follow Jesus|
| Now when Jesus turned and saw them following he
says to them: What are you seeking? And they said to him: Rabbi, which is saying
being translated: Teacher, where are you staying?
 He says to them: Be coming and you will see. So they came and saw where he stays, and they stayed with him that day, as it was [the] tenth hour.
 Andrew the brother of Simon Peter was one of the two who heard from John and followed him.
 This [one] finds first his own brother Simon and says to him: We have found the Messiah, which is being translated: Christ.
 He brought him to Jesus. Having looked upon him, Jesus said: You are Simon the son of Jonas, you shall be called Cephas, which is translated: Peter.
 On the next day he wanted to go forth into Galilee, and he finds Phillip. And Jesus says to him: Be following me.
 Now Phillip was from Bethsaida, out of the city of Andrew and Peter.
 Phillip finds Nathaneal, and says to him: What is written in the law of Moses and the prophets we have found, Jesus, son of Joseph, the [one] from Nazareth.
 And Nathanael said to him: What good is able to be out of Nazareth? Phillip says to him: Be coming and see.
 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and says concerning him: Behold [a] true Israelite in whom there is not deceit.
 Nathanael says to him: From where do you know me? Jesus answered and said to him: Before Phillip called you, being under the fig tree I saw you.
 Nathanael answered him: Rabbi, you are the son of God, you are king of Israel.
 Jesus answered and said to him: Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree you are believing? Greater than these you will see.
 Truly truly I say to you, You will [all] see heaven having opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the son of man.
Jesus as the Light of the World
| So, again Jesus spoke to them saying: I am the light of the world.
The [one] following me shall not walk in darkness, but will have the
light of zoe-life.
 So the Pharisees said to him: You witness concerning yourself, your witness is not true.
 Jesus answered and said to them: And if I witness concerning myself, my witness is true, because I know from where I came and [to] where I depart. But you do not know from where I come or [to] where I depart.
 You judge according to the flesh, but I judge no one.
 But if I judge, my judgment is true, because I am not alone, but [it is] I and the father having sent me.
 And in your law it is written that the witness of two men is true.
 I am the [one] witnessing concerning myself, and the father having sent me witnesses concerning me.
 So they were saying to him, Where is your father? Jesus answered: You know neither me nor my father. If you had known me, you would have also known my father.
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
| Truly truly I say
to you, the [one] not coming in through the gate into the sheep-pen but coming
up from elsewhere, that [one] is [a] thief and [a] robber.
 But the [one] coming in through the gate is [the] shepherd of the sheep.
 The gatekeeper opens [the gate] to this [one], and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and he leads them out.
 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
 They will not follow [the voice belonging] to [a] stranger, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.
 Jesus told them this parable; but these [ones] did not know what it was that he was speaking to them.
The Festival of Dedication
| The Festival of
Dedication then came to pass in Jerusalem. It was winter,
 and Jesus was walking in the temple in the porch of Solomon.
 So the Jews encircled him and were saying to him, How long do you hold our psyche-lives [in suspense]? If you are the Christ, tell us openly.
 Jesus answered them, I told you and you did not believe. The works that I do in the name of my father, these witness concerning me,
 but you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep.
 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me,
 and I give them zoe-life eternal, and they will not perish to eternity, and no one will seize them from my hand.
 My father who has given [them] to me is greater than all, and no one is able to be seizing [them] from the hand of my father.
 I and my father are one [thing].
| Now there were some Greeks going up in order that they
worship in the festival.
 So these came to Phillip from Bethsaida of Galilee, and they were asking him saying: Lord, we want to see Jesus.
 Phillip comes and tells Andrew; Andrew comes—and Phillip, and they tell Jesus.
 So Jesus answers them saying: The hour is come that the son of man be glorified.
 Truly truly I say to you, unless [a] grain of wheat having fallen into the earth die, it remains alone, but if it die, it bears much fruit.
 The [one] philia-loving his psyche-life will lose it, and the [one] hating his psyche-life in this world will guard it to zoe-life eternal.
 If anyone be serving me, he must be following me, and where I am, there also will be the [one] serving me. If anyone be serving me, the father will honor him.
| When therefore they had
eaten breakfast, Jesus says to Simon Peter: Simon [son] of John, do you
agape-love me more than these? He says to them: Yes, Lord, you know that I
philia-love you. He says to him: Be tending my lambs.
 He says to him again [a] second time: Simon [son] of John, do you agape-love me? He says to him: Yes Lord, you know that I philia-love you. He says to him: Be shepherding my sheep.
 He says to him the third time: Simon [son] of John, do you philia-love me? Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time: Do you philia-love me? And he said to him: You know everything, you know that I philia-love you. Jesus says to him: Be tending my sheep.
 Truly truly I say to you, when you were young, you were girding yourself and were walking [about] where you were wishing. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will gird you and take [you] where you do not wish.
 Now he said this indicating by what sort of death he will glorify God. And having said this he says to them: Be following me.
Peter and the Disciple Jesus Loved
turning sees the disciple whom Jesus agape-loved following, who also reclined at
dinner upon his breast and said: Lord, who is the [one] delivering you up?
 Peter therefore seeing this [one] says to Jesus: Lord, but what [about] this [one]?
 Jesus says to him: If I wish him to be remaining until I come, what [is it] to you? You be following me.