Posted by: frburke23 | January 10, 2016

Thought for Monday, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

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 left 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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Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, which officially ends the Christmas season and now we return to Ordinary Time. Ordinary does not mean “normal” – it comes from “ordinal”, a way of counting. We now start counting the weeks until we start Lent on Ash Wednesday.

So as we start ordinary time, we look to the public ministry of Jesus after His baptism. He begins by gathering His apostles. Jesus finds Simon Peter and his brother Andrew first. They were simple fishermen and immediately dropped everything to follow Jesus. These are simple words, but just imagine what it must have been like to leave family, livelihood, and comfort to follow Jesus. He must have made an incredible impact on them.
Then Jesus called James and John, who were fishermen as well. They too dropped everything, left their father Zebedee and followed Jesus.

What did they see in Jesus? What did He say to them? What made it possible for them to leave everything to follow Jesus? There must have been a love in Jesus that they had never encountered before. His eyes must have been radiant with joy and peace. His confidence and assurance was irresistible.

In the same way, the Lord calls us to follow Him. We may not have to leave our family literally, but Jesus does call us to make Him the absolute center of our lives. In our baptism, we are each called to love as Jesus did, to grow in holiness and to help other get to heaven. This is not just the job of priests or professed religious – this is the job of every single baptized person in the world.

Are you living up to the call of Jesus in your life? Imagine coming face to face with Jesus. What does He say to you? What do His eyes tell you? What happens in your heart as you see Jesus and hear His call, “Come follow me?”

Have a blessed day!
Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Spanish translation:

San Marcos 1,14-20
Después que Juan fue arrestado, Jesús se dirigió a Galilea. Allí proclamaba la Buena Noticia de Dios, diciendo:
“El tiempo se ha cumplido: el Reino de Dios está cerca. Conviértanse y crean en la Buena Noticia”.
Mientras iba por la orilla del mar de Galilea, vio a Simón y a su hermano Andrés, que echaban las redes en el agua, porque eran pescadores.
Jesús les dijo: “Síganme, y yo los haré pescadores de hombres”.
Inmediatamente, ellos dejaron sus redes y lo siguieron.
Y avanzando un poco, vio a Santiago, hijo de Zebedeo, y a su hermano Juan, que estaban también en su barca arreglando las redes. En seguida los llamó,
y ellos, dejando en la barca a su padre Zebedeo con los jornaleros, lo siguieron.
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Ayer celebramos el Bautismo del Señor, que oficialmente termina la temporada de Navidad y ahora volvemos al tiempo ordinario. Ordinario no significa “normal”, proviene de “ordinal”, una manera de contar. Ahora comenzamos a contar las semanas hasta el inicio de la cuaresma, el miércoles de ceniza.

Al empezar el tiempo ordinario, esperamos el ministerio público de Jesús, después de Su bautismo. Comienza a juntar a sus apóstoles. Jesús primero encuentra a Simón Pedro y su hermano Andrés. Eran pescadores simples e inmediatamente dejaron todo para seguir a Jesús. Estas son palabras simples, pero imagínense como seria el dejar la familia, sus trabajos y comodidades para seguir a Jesús. El a de ver hecho un impacto increíble en ellos.

Después Jesús llama a Santiago y Juan, que también eran pescadores. Ellos también abandonaron todo, dejaron a su padre Zebedeo y siguieron a Jesús.

¿Qué miraban en Jesús? ¿Qué les dijo a ellos? ¿Qué los permitió dejar todo para seguir a Jesús? Debe haber habido un amor en Jesús que ellos nunca habían experimentado antes. Sus ojos deben haber estado radiantes de alegría y paz. Su confianza y seguridad era irresistible.

Del mismo modo, el Señor nos llama a seguirlo. Tal vez no tengamos que abandonar nuestra familia literalmente, pero Jesús nos llame para hacerlo a El, el centro de nuestras vidas. En nuestro bautismo, cada uno de nosotros somos llamados a amar como Jesús lo hizo, a crecer en la santidad e ayudar a otros a llegar al cielo. Esto no es sólo el trabajo de los sacerdotes o religiosas profesados – esta es la tarea de cada persona bautizada en el mundo.

¿Estás viviendo tu vida al llamado de Jesús? Imagina encontrarte cara a cara con Jesús. ¿Qué te dice? ¿Qué te indican Sus ojos? Que pasa en tu corazón al ver a Jesús y escuchar su llamado, “¿Ven, sígueme?”

Que tengas un día bendecido,
Fr. Burke
https://frburke23.wordpress.com


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