MY daily reflection and prayer: Sunday, January 25, 2015
Dear my friends, here is the Gospel for us today according to St. 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 abandoned 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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
I would like to consider these words of Jesus from the Gospel proclaimed to us today. Jesus says to Simon, Andrew, James and John, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” What does it mean for us today?
In my reflection, it means that Jesus calls us to gather in people for the kingdom of God. As he called his first disciples and he gave them a mission to catch people for the kingdom of God, Jesus calls us to do the same. We are called to catch people for the kingdom of God by allowing the light of Jesus Christ to shine through us. It means that he wants us to work in and through us for his glory.
He wants others to see his light in us in the way we live, speak, and witness the joy of the gospel. Thanks be to God, who in Jesus Christ always leads us in triumph, and through us spreads the joy of the Gospel everywhere. Let’s us witness to those around us the joy of the Gospel. Let’s pray for our neighbors, co-workers, and relatives that they may come to know Jesus Christ the Lord and grow in the knowledge of his love.
Today is the last day of the week of prayer for the Christian Unity. Let’s pray that every Christian may be the sign of the kingdom of God. God is our Father and he wants us to live as his sons and daughters in his kingdom. In Jesus Christ, God has loved us first and he invites us in love to surrender our lives to him.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we worship Jesus Christ who calls us to spread his love and glory to our neighbors. The joy of the gospel cannot be silenced. We pray that the kingdom which is ruled by truth, justice, peace, and holiness as the central theme of Jesus’ mission would be always proclaimed to the world.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you have called us personally by name, just as you called your first disciples, Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Help us to believe your word and follow you faithfully. Fill us with the joy of the gospel that your light may shine through us to many others. May we be the sign of peace and sisters-brotherhood among humankind now and forever. Amen.
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