In today’s Gospel Jesus calls two pairs of brothers – Andrew and Peter, James and John – inviting them to become His disciples. The men respond immediately, leaving their nets, boats, and father to follow Him.
These fishermen immediately accept Jesus’ invitation to use their skills to “fish for men.”Today’s readings also underline the necessity of repentance and a prompt response to God’s invitation, so let us appreciate our call to be Disciples of Christ. Each of us is called by God, both individually and collectively.
The mission of preaching, teaching and healing which Jesus began in Galilee is now the responsibility of the Church and own unique vocation and relationship with the risen Lord is the same as the universal Church. Whether we are clergy, religious, married or single, we are all called to be active members in God’s Church.
The call begins with our baptism and the other sacraments of initiation. It is strengthened throughout the years with reconciliation and Eucharist, healed and consoled by anointing and made make evident in matrimony, or holy orders. God is constant in calling us back to Himself, when we stray from Him.
Let us be thankful to God for calling us to be followers of Jesus Christ and members of His true Church. Let us make a personal effort to see the light of Christ and to grow in holiness, learning the truths that are revealed through the Church and receiving its Sacraments. Let us be shining lights in the world as Christ was and make a personal effort to bring others to the truth and the light, so that they may rejoice with us in the mystical Body of Christ, the invisible Kingdom of God.
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