Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
1 Samuel 1:1-8, Psalm 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19, & Mark 1:14-20
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus calls four fishermen at the Sea of Galilee, Simon Peter, Andrews, James, and John, to follow Him in order to help spread the Good News of the Gospel. What was it about Jesus that convinced these men, and then the others, to leave their homes and families to follow Him? Did they know Him? Or was this their first contact with Him? In any case, we believe that there was something remarkably compelling about Jesus. Was it His face, His eyes, or His voice? Well, yes! It was EVERYTHING about Him. He called, and those He chose responded. However, what about all of us?
Friends, as far as we know, every one of the disciples were chosen and called personally by our Lord. We believe that God calls each one of us as well. God calls us to follow Jesus and calls us into the fields and careers of our lives. We often speak of “God’s call” in a preferred way, as if God “calls” people only into ordained or religious ministry. While this is so, the fact remains all of the faithful are called to our everyday vocation; to love God and to love our neighbors. Every one of us has a station in life, regardless of our profession. We are to serve God in our family callings and our professional callings, too. In many cases, God’s call may be into an uncertain future. The disciples of Jesus found that out, and so shall we.
Question of the Day: How will you follow God’s call in your life in the manner of the disciples?
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I will follow You all the days of my life. Amen.