Today’s Thoughts: We have closed the Christmas Season with yesterday's celebration of the Baptism of the Lord and today we enter Ordinary Time. We get a chance to take a breath and relax a little before entering the Season of Lent, or do we?
Sometimes I think when it comes to our relationship with God, there is no relaxing, there is no taking a breath, it is always full steam ahead. There is always a new challenge, a new way to live life. We certainly see that in the Gospel today!
The fishermen from Galilee get no chance to rest, a new life awaits them. They think they are settled into their ordinary life, but Jesus has something else planned for them. They think this is just another ordinary day, but Jesus makes it special.
In the Gospel today, (Mark 1: 14-20), we witness the beginning of some wonderful friendships. Simon, soon to be called Peter, his brother Andrew, James and his brother John, the two sons of Zebedee, all begin the journey of friendship, discipleship, with Jesus today. They each receives a simple invitation to "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of [people]." To follow Jesus will change their life. The change is not simply going from fishers of fish to fishers of people; the change is to become a friend of Jesus, which will always change life.
Each morning we arise, whether in ordinary or special time we are offered the same invitation to friendship with Jesus that Simon, Andrew, James and John are offered. We are offered the same opportunity to change our life. The question is like Simon, Andrew, James and John are we willing to accept it?
Have a great Monday everyone.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...