SUNDAY REFLECTION - Sunday, January 21st, 2018

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Mark 1:14   Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Mark 1:16   As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
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According to Mark, Jesus does not teach a doctrine for his disciples to learn. He is announcing an event that is already taking place.

Mark sums up his message: The time has come. Don't look back any more.

The kingdom of God is near, for he wants to build a more humane world.

Repent. You cannot go on as if nothing was happening; change your way of thinking and behaving.

Believe the good news This project of God is the best news you can get.

To listen to the call of Jesus means that we awaken our faith in Jesus, revive our persona loyalty to him, have faith in his project, identify with his programme, live his attitudes and thus gain more people to work for his project.

José A Pagola: FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS (B)

“Each Christian
and every community
must discern the path that the Lord points out,
but all of us are asked to obey his call
to go forth from our own comfort zone
in order to reach all the “peripheries”
in need of the light of the Gospel.”
(The Joy of the Gospel No.20)

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I dream of a “missionary option”, that is, a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything, so that the Church’s customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channeled for the evangelization of today’s world rather than for her self-preservation. (ib 27)
LOOKING AT LIFE THROUGH THE LENS OF THE GOSPEL

1. ‘The time is fulfilled’ – this is a decisive moment in the life of Jesus. His public ministry is about to begin. Recall turning points in your own life when something new happened and with hindsight you can say the time was ripe for it to happen, ‘the time was fulfilled’.

2. ‘Repent and believe the good news”.   Jesus called for a change of heart,
as a response to the good news of the gospel message.     A new level of faith in yourself leads to a new way of seeing yourself.   A new way of understanding God leads to a conversion in how we relate to God, a change of heart.   A growth in awareness of who we are can lead us to a new level of self-confidence, another change of heart. Can you recall times when ‘good news’ led you to a change of heart.,

3. The Spirit of God who was at work in Jesus calling the disciples continues to work in our day and in our lives. That is why the gospel message is one of GOOD NEWS. In the everyday events of our own lives we can see the grace of God at work.
When have you had what you would consider a “call experience” that led you to a different style of life? Who was the ‘Jesus person’ through whom the call came to you? To whom have you been a ‘Jesus person’ in this way?

John Byrne - INTERCOM
Lord, when we want to start some work, we like to start with the spectacular.
Teach us the way of Jesus, that when the time for action comes, we should go to the periphery and choose a few companions, letting the kingdom grow from there.

Michel de Verteuil