Monday, January 14, 2013

"Hey SIMPLE - Repent AND have FAITH"

Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." 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. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Following God is probably the most difficult thing to do. It takes a lot of experience before a priest, nun and a missionary would say YES to the calling of the Lord to do mission of proclaiming His greatness. Perhaps, it is because our plan does not coincide with that of God's. Most of the time we rely less on Divine intervention and more on our own strength. We listen more to the world and less to God's word.

I wonder how easily these fishermen left their work and family when Jesus said "Follow me and I will make you fish for people". It only reminds us that in the simplicity of life we could always hear God's message and plan for everyone of us.

Jesus' invitation for us to follow Him is very clear that the only thing to do is to repent and believe in the Gospel. That is to put our trust in God. Obeying His will and recognizing His presence in our daily lives.

is to STAND OUT 
our Catholic FAITH

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