Bible Passage related to the Mystery: Mark 1:14-18
Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Come, follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who were also in the boat mending the nets. Immediately He called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants, and went away to follow Him.
Jesus begins His public ministry by proclaiming the good news. He invites us to do the same, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” To proclaim Christ to others, we have to first find Him in ourselves. He isn’t far away. He is always close to us, but all we have to do is open the tightly shut doors of our hearts to experience the love of Christ. It is not enough to only proclaim the word of God, it is more important to live a life pleasing to the Gospel. By our actions, we can draw more and more people to Him. The ultimate goal of our mission is to spread the news of Christ to all the ends of the earth. For, as seen in John 3:30, “He must become more and more, I must become less and less.” When Jesus says “Repent and believe in the gospel,” he isn’t calling us to do anything out of the ordinary. When we are caught up in the boats of preoccupation with our lives, Jesus is inviting us to stop whatever we are doing and follow Him instead. Jesus, the merciful God is ever willing to pour out His mercies on us if we approach Him with contrition for our sins. He teaches us to pray to our Father and thereby we are filled with the grace we need in order to be sharers of the good news and make Him known to all the ends of the earth. Let us remember that it is never about us, it is always about Him who lives in us.
- Do I experience the closeness of Jesus in my daily ups and downs?
- How easy is it for me to put aside all other commitments and follow Jesus?
- Am I being Christ-like in my encounter with others?
- What is my role in spreading the good news of Christ?
As much as I realized that as a Catholic, I am called to be a witness for Christ, I was overwhelmed by this great commission entrusted by Jesus. Being part of the CFCI Singles, I’ve come to understand that sharing the good news doesn’t mean I fulfil a protocol; it is the fruits reaped by living for Him. If I can be a friend to a loner, put a smile on a sad face, reach out to the helpless, comfort the sorrowful, visit the sick, and pray for my brethren – I am being Christ-like. Through my personal prayers and Lectio Divina, I am able to submit myself to the authority of God and thus become a Godly example for others. It is the acts we consider insignificant, that Jesus is encouraging us to do with a genuine heart. Quoting St. Teresa of Calcutta,
“We all cannot do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Lord Jesus, your invitation to me is very clear, Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Today, I pray for the wisdom and courage in order to understand and spread Your Word to people I encounter. Like Mama Mary, help me to always say yes to Your holy will. May my words and actions reflect Your love for each of us and by my lifestyle of simplicity and prayer, may I influence another to experience your unfailing love and never-ending mercies. Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and by the working of the Holy Spirit, I ask this in Your name. Amen.
Virtue to learn from Mother Mary for the day: To listen to God’s calling