3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 21, 2018
PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
My memory, my understanding, and my entire will.
All I have and call my own,
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me. Amen
Gospel: Mark 1:14–20
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
Reflect on these words from the Gospel reading about the urgency of Jesus’s call to follow him. Ask Jesus what they mean in your own life. In what ways are you not responding to his call? What can you do better to follow him with the immediacy of these Apostles? Take a word that comes to mind and reflect for a moment on what it means to you personally. For example, you might have been attracted to the words “they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Ask yourself what they mean in your own life. What “nets” in your life keep you from responding to Jesus with urgency? How can you abandon them and follow him?
G.K. Chesterton once said, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” When we truly live in Christ and follow him, we have to swim against the stream of this world and its empty promises. Ask the Lord to give you the grace to let go of anything holding you back from him. What practical thing can you do this week to cast aside your nets and follow Jesus more closely?