Third Week of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Almighty ever living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works through our
GOSPEL MK 1:14-20
"This is the time of fulfillment.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."
As he passed by the
they were fishermen.
"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
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father
along with the hired men and followed him.
1) A look of love – Meditation and Contemplation – It is the moment to contemplate and meditate on the text. We do this in order to gather the maximum love that
The Gospel of this Sunday is filled with a special joy, “the time of fulfillment is here!” What we have been waiting for has finally come, and I can see
2) The Word challenges – We are confronted by the Word not only in love, but also in the way it enlightens us as to where we must grow or where there may be contradictions in our lives personally or in the community.
3) The Word gives direction. It is a prophecy in the sense of insight for future action. We are invited in the third moment to apostolic action. It is where the members of the Movement are invited to make a commitment to become prophets of the Gospel that revolutionizes their lives.
The invitation for me is to ponder deeply our God’s insistent love, that has pursued not only those motley fishermen of time past, but he is pursuing me today in my ordinariness. He stirs me to leave any worldly affection that would stop me from following him unreservedly. He calls me daily to put down my nets and join him in being a fisher of my brothers and sisters. He invites me to assist others too, to pay attention to their hearts, to learn to discern his will, and to know and experience his relentless love for them. He is calling us all to let go, run, and leap into arms that have longed to welcome us in love from all eternity. Our God, incarnate loves us with outstretched arms on the cross, and enkindles in all the fire of his love.
Oh Lord, direct my actions to your good pleasure that in the name of your beloved Son, I will persist in seeking others in union with you so that the time of fulfillment will be completed, and we will all be one in your embrace forever in eternity. Amen.