Today’s Thoughts: In our Gospel today, we find Jesus looking for volunteers or perhaps better put, gathering disciples. He is asking them to leave home, family, community, their way of life, to encounter something unknown to them, to encounter something new. The amazing aspect of our Gospel today is that those who are called seem to say “yes” immediately.
In the way, it is hard to visualize someone, including myself, saying “yes” to something sight unseen! For us human beings all kinds of questions often need to be asked and answered before we say “yes” to something. Probably the first question would be, “What is in it for me?” We might want to go home and talk things over with people important in our life. We would want to do a little research on the person or the project. We would want to know exactly what we are getting ourselves in to and what will be expected of us.
We might ask, “What made these first disciples say, “yes” and stay? Was Jesus’ sales pitch that good? Were they looking for a new adventure? Was it just the right time and the right place?
We will never know but our Gospel today does challenge us to look at our own response to God. Are we willing to say “yes” when Jesus comes calling in our life? Are we willing to let go and let God? A little food for thought on a Sunday in late January!
Don’t forget to give God a little time today. Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone.
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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