January 22, 2012
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
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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.
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I adore you. You alone are
the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone
are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit
in the Glory of God the Father. Lord, I love
you and wish to know you more intimately, since you
are goodness and mercy itself.
Petition: Lord, grant that
I may follow you faithfully all the days of my
1. Repent and Believe in the Good
News: There is no time to waste. We have one
life to live and only one chance to live it.
Jesus is trying to tell us that we have to
make the most of it. We have heard about Jesus
before. Perhaps we have been going to church and listening
to his word for decades. However, have we allowed Christ’s
message of love and mercy to penetrate our heart? Have
we turned away from all attachment to sin in our
life and really followed the Gospel?
2. Follow Me
and I Will Make You Fishers of Men: We can’t
forget that the essence of Christianity is following Jesus, the
Son of God. As his mother Mary told the waiters
at the wedding at Cana, “Do whatever he tells you”
(John 2:5). Jesus is the real protagonist in our lives.
He takes the initiative to call us to himself and
to follow him more closely. He invites us to follow
him in proclaiming the Good News to the whole world.
It is not enough to know Christ. We have to
share our faith with others and let the Gospel direct
our decision-making process.
3. Leaving Their Father in the
Boat, They Followed Him: We naturally want to be comfortable
and do things familiar to us. In fact, most ads
we see appeal to our desire to rest and be
secure. However, Jesus breaks the mold and commands us to
leave our comfort zone. Unless we first change ourselves, we
cannot expect to change the world. Until we first dedicate
ourselves to knowing Christ better and more intimately, we will
not be ardent apostles of his kingdom. Only after we
have had a personal encounter with Christ can we experience
the bliss of loving him more and cooperating in his
saving mission. As Pope John Paul II so often encouraged
us, echoing the words of Christ himself, “Be not afraid!”
Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone to serve
Christ in love.
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, I want
to follow you more closely. Help me to know you
as you are so that I can love you as
you deserve to be loved. Eternal Father, grant me the
fullness of your grace, which consumes all weakness, so that
my heart will be lifted up with an indescribable enthusiasm
to embrace my cross and follow faithfully in the footsteps
of your Son.
Resolution: Today I will perform an
act of charity that I have neglected or been afraid
to do for some time.