Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

My Reflection for January 13, Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time, Mark 1:14-20

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011314.cfm
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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 left 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.
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My Reflection:
The gospel talks about the call of the first disciples: Simon, Andrew, James and John. These four men were very busy fishermen yet they left everything to respond to Jesus call to be with Him. What is it with Jesus that they left everything for Him? What they He promised them in exchange for following Him?

The four disciples knew something that we don’t know. That’s why they followed Jesus and left everything for the advancement of His mission. Jesus did not promise them anything verbally but perhaps Jesus was silently talking to them in their hearts. And He was telling them, come follow me. What is it that keeps us from following Jesus? Are we afraid to lose our financial security? Are we afraid to leave behind our family and friends?

Perhaps, Jesus is not asking us to leave our present environment and be with Him in another place. Perhaps Jesus is telling us this, If you are not willing to leave everything and follow me as what the four disciples had done. Please live my life and teachings where you are today, be a symbol and witness for me where you are today.

Many of us are afraid to live the life of Jesus today for the fear of being ostracize. But why be afraid of being ostracized for Jesus?  

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