Into His Likeness

Into His Likeness

In the ancient disciple-rabbi relationship, the disciple would follow the rabbi so closely that he would be covered in the dust kicked up from his rabbi’s feet. Thousands of years later, though we walk on roads of pavement and not dust, we are still called to be disciples—to follow our Rabbi, Jesus Christ, so closely that we are covered with his life, changed, and made new.

But this transformation in Christ doesn’t happen overnight. In this series, Edward Sri reminds us of two basic truths: First, (A) The truth of our human condition: we are full of many weaknesses, wounds, and sins. And second, (B) The truth of our high calling—we are called to be perfected in God’s love and transformed in Christ. Living as a disciple is all about the process of getting from A to B.

We are reminded that the saints were not always perfect, but works in progress—just think of Matthew the tax collector, Paul the persecutor of Christians, and Peter the denier of Christ. Edward Sri reminds us that the earliest disciples are models not of perfection but of a process. And it’s that process that Jesus wants to reproduce in our lives today.

Do you sense that movement in you—that desire to go deeper in your relationship with Christ? Do you have a longing to follow Jesus more closely, to be transformed by him? Do you notice a stirring inside, a longing to love God with all your heart, but feel unsure what steps to take next?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, know that God is the one who has put those yearnings in your soul. He has already given you the heart of a disciple. This series simply aims to help you follow those initial promptings of the Holy Spirit so that you may more intentionally encounter Jesus anew each day and be more disposed to the power of his grace molding you, transforming you ever more into his likeness.

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Into His Likeness
  • Episode 1: In the Dust of the Rabbi

    What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ?

    Many of us call ourselves "Catholic." We check off all the expected boxes: weekly Mass attendance, rosary, receiving the sacraments. We understand and believe basic Church teaching and volunteer for religious ed or at the soup kitchen. We think that ...

  • Episode 2: Not Perfect, But Chosen

    Maybe you've seen it on a bumper sticker: "Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven." There's a lot of truth in that slogan, even if some people misuse it. Nobody's perfect, not even those who profess to follow Jesus.

    But didn't Jesus tell his followers, "You therefore must be perfect, as your h...

  • Episode 3: The Encounter

    The starting point for discipleship is not a desire or willingness to follow to particular way of life. The starting point for discipleship is an encounter with Jesus, who loves us unconditionally - for who we are and just as we are. St. Peter discovered that truth when Jesus approached him at wh...

  • Episode 4: Transformed by Fire - Prayer & Sacraments

    This session introduces four essential habits that set the early Church on fire for the Lord and explains how to put two of them into practice in daily life.

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  • Episode 5: Transformed by Fire - Fellowship & Teaching

    Having looked at the key habits of prayer and frequenting the sacraments, we turn now to two additional practices that help fuel the fire of faith: Christian friendship and formation. Together these habits help us keep strong in our faith and help us to grow more and more into the likeness of Je...

  • Episode 6: Question & Answer