There have been some songs written about the “walk”. Most notably These Boots Are Made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra and The Walk of Life by Dire Straits. In this second letter of John, we are told to walk just as he (Jesus) walked. Not that we do everything like Jesus, he lived in a different culture, a different time. However, we can walk through life living the principles and virtues Jesus taught.
Too often we think of ourselves on this walking way as individuals, we must do it my way. But that is not what Jesus taught. Rather, we are to empty ourselves, allowing Jesus to work through us. Simeon in the temple had been promised that he would see the Christ before he died. Did Simeon really expect to behold a baby as the Christ? Yet the walk that Simeon had lived, a life of prayer and fasting, worshipping God, allowed him to accept the presence of the Holy Spirit working through a baby, acknowledging the child as the Christ.
Our walk in life determines who we are. How we respond to God. Joseph and Mary were obedient to God’s commands. They lived the walk God had planned for them. We can live the same walk, living what God has planned for us. We discover God’s plan through prayer and fasting.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen