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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Reflection for Sunday January 22, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time; Matthew 4:12-23


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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Reflection:
Did you know that Jesus has been calling you to follow Him?

As Jesus was walking in 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 son of Zebedee and his brother John. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

What is it with Jesus that prompted these four fishermen to immediately respond to His call to follow Him? They could have delayed for a few days by telling Jesus to give them a few days to think it over. But they did not they instead immediately responded.

What did they see in Jesus that made them respond immediately? They saw in Jesus someone who would immediately deliver them from all of their struggles and problems.   And they saw in Jesus a friend who would stand by them until the end.  

To respond to God’s call is not all bed of roses, it’s full of trials, as the saying goes: “To follow Jesus is always right but it is not always easy.” This is true and this is exemplified by the lives of the apostles the Martyrs and Saints of the Church.

However amidst the trials we find great comfort in the abiding presence of Jesus. Who always walks side by side with us and who never fails to deliver us from our struggles in life. We take great comfort that Jesus is always there for us forever willing to listen to our hurts, forever willing to lighten our burden no matter how heavy.

Jesus is calling you as well, would you respond? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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