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).

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

My Reflection for January 26, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matthew 4:12-23

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Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23
When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.
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My Reflection:
Many of us have our own stories of conversion. For example, to many of us Jesus is only a figure that we used to know until somebody shared Him to us and this facilitated a much intimate friendship with Jesus. Or let us say that we have read something about Jesus and thereafter we felt that He was already directly speaking to us. Calling us to renew our lives and become His faithful followers. 

Perhaps the four apostles (Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John) have already heard about Jesus. They might have heard about His baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). And they might have heard also about Jesus’ temptation by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).

Most probably, Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John have heard bits and pieces of information about Jesus already. Until they saw and heard Jesus up close and personal, calling them to follow Him. The four of them had a whirlwind encounter with Jesus that resulted to a lifetime discipleship.

The four apostles were veteran fishermen but deep in their hearts there was still that void. They were yearning for something that would fulfill their lives. Until their yearning for fulfillment was addressed by their personal encounter with Jesus. After which their lives were never the same again and from thereon they lived their lives with deeper meaning and purpose.

Many of us are yearning for something meaningful in our lives. Yes, we may be financially secure already, but deep inside us something us still lacking.  Deep inside us we are in search for that higher being that would finally complete and secure us spiritually.

This higher being is no other than Jesus, the same Jesus who called Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John. Let us respond to His call to deeply and faithfully follow Him. - Marino J. Dasmarinas1

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