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Gospel Reflection for January 21, 2018, 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time

15 Jan

Sunday Readings: Jonah 3.1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7.29-31; Mark 1.14-20

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of people.” – Mark 1.17

The gospel writer Mark includes few details in the spare story of Jesus calling four fishermen to follow him. Jesus’ call is direct; their responses, quick and decisive. They do not become full-fledged disciples as fast as this, however. Mark cares about how faith develops and matures. Jesus’ disciples leave their old lives behind quickly but their faith journeys twist and turn as they walk with Jesus through fear, flight, sleep, denial, and failure. They take up their work of fishing for people only after Jesus’ death and resurrection. In the end they give their lives for the gospel.

What is your vocation in life? What have you learned through persisting in a call?


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Gospel Reflection for January 22, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

17 Jan
As Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew, casting a fish net in the sea.  They fished for a living.
Jesus called to them, “Come after me.  I will make you fishers of people.”
Immediately they left their nets and followed Jesus.

Mark 1.16-18
Gospel writer Mark includes few details in the story of Jesus’ calling the fishermen.  The details he mentions emphasize their occupation and the decisiveness of their response.  Immediately the fishermen follow him, leaving one kind of fishing for another.Jesus’ call is direct; their responses, quick and decisive.  The do not become full-fledged disciples as fast as this, however.  Mark’s gospel cares about how faith matures.  Jesus’ disciples leave their old lives behind quickly but their faith journeys twist and turn as the walk with Jesus.

Where did your faith journey begin?

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