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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Friday, January 23, 2015

Reflection for Sunday January 25, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 1:14-20

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 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.
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What is the prerequisite in following Jesus? Its repentance and belief in His gospel message, we cannot follow without repentance and firm belief in His gospel message.

 When Simon, Andrew, James and John responded to His call they did not simply respond. Along with their response to Jesus came their desire to repent. They also did not only leave behind them their livelihood and families they also left behind their sinfulness or anything that made them sin.

When the four of them went along with Jesus to become fishers of men they were already renewed by Jesus. They were also equipped by Jesus with practically anything that they would be needing as they go about their mission.

What is the relevance of the gospel to us and to our faith life? We too are being called by Jesus to a life of renewal and repentance. We too are being called by Jesus to follow Him and become fishers of men. Why does Jesus calls us to a life of renewal and repentance? This is for the reason that we are all sinners, no one of us is sinless.

The recent visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines was not only a visit per se. It was also a clarion call for all of us for a life of renewal and repentance. Hundreds and millions of us went to the streets to see the Pope and to greet him. What now after that encounter with Pope Francis?

Let us not waste our encounter with the Pope by doing nothing let us allow it to move us towards our renewal and repentance. The visit of the Pope was also Jesus' direct call to all of us to follow Him so that we too could become His instruments of renewal and repentance by doing so we become fishers of men too!    

To positively respond to Jesus' call of repentance and belief in His gospel message is the best action that we could ever do to our life.

What are we going to do to this call of Jesus? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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