The Gospel passage of today is a reminder and a tip for each one of us to become the effective disciples of the Lord. The name Christians remains as a decoration if we don’t practice the values taught by Jesus. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I love Christ but not Christians.” what does indicate. When people does not see Christ in His disciples they become name titled Christians not Christ filled Christians. People who have not directly experienced the love and compassion of the Lord have to be given Christ’s compassion through our words and deeds. It is an easy task to be named Christians, when the water of baptism falls on to us we become Christians, but to live like a Christina in all circumstances calls for fidelity and commitment to the Lord.
The Apostles who had a close encounter with the Lord shared their experience of the Lord and worked miracles and healings as a result people began to believe in Jesus. The love for Jesus and the faith in Jesus made them fruitful Christians and people experienced the sweetness of the discipleship and they become disciples till their death. Let us examine the aspect of our own discipleship, we are called to be fruitful disciples in and out of season. When people come and experience the sweetness of the mercy of the Lord through our lives we can proudly call ourselves that ‘we are Christians’.