Homily January 25, 2015 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

3sunord1Today, we once again go back to the gospel of Mark. John the Baptist has been arrested and Jesus has started preaching Repent and believe in the gospel or good news. Mark as we know wrote a very clipped to the point narrative and started his gospel with Jesus preaching. We see him encounter Simon and Andrew and call them to follow and then he encountered the Zebedee brothers and called James and John. This notion of call we have heard now for three weeks. I think we can examine it a little bit to better understand it. When Jesus called these men, it was at the very beginning of his time as a preacher. He certainly wasn’t the stark figure tha John was with his looks and life in the desert. Yet, these men dropped everything and followed along to see where it led them. 3sun ord2Of note is the fact they didn’t lay back and contemplate or try to discern the best course they should follow or if Jesus had some divine truth to learn and follow. No, they followed Jesus because he called, because he had a presence, a way that altered the perceptions of the Apostles. Note that their response was immediate and away they went. Their answer was to Jesus and to him personally. What was a “fisher of men” supposed to be? Their answer was to a man and not to an ideology or doctrine or to an institution.

And so, we can see that Christ calling is to a relationship, to a way of life, to a way of intimacy with him. The centuries can not change this, except that now he is present in a slightly different way. He is present in the Eucharist and speaks and interacts with us through his spirit present by virtue of our Baptism. He lives and moves through us and calls us in many 3sun ord3ways throughout our life. We are called in so many ways, but it requires that we be open and ready to respond, to answer, to do what it is he calls for us to do. Oftentimes, we can put ourselves in the way of his call by over thinking, by putting ourselves and other concerns first. The story of Jonah, as satirical as it may be, points out that our concerns are not as important as to what Christ calls us to do.


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