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January 10, 2022

Daily Reflection for Monday, January 10, 2022
 

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Monday’s readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/011022.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 116:12-13, 14-17, 18-19
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Our reflection on Monday’s readings:
Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.  Mark 1:17

It must have been very inspiring for Simon, his brother Andrew, James, and his brother John to hear Jesus speak about the Kingdom of God.  Inspiring enough for them to leave the life they knew to follow Jesus.

There is excitement in physical life changes such as a vacation trip, moving to a new community, or changing jobs.  Spiritual growth and experiences are also very motivating.  Encountering Jesus is life changing even if it’s only in a moment of solitary reflection.  We are inspired to follow Jesus, to be “fishers of men,” and to help build the Kingdom of God. 

We see signs of this inspired enthusiasm for following Jesus all around us.  Little white crosses in yards, fish symbols on cars, cross necklaces, earrings, and tattoos.  Like the early disciples who followed Jesus, we believe.

Yes, we have been inspired.  We believe in Jesus.  And Jesus says, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”  What does it mean to follow Jesus?  The disciples didn’t understand what it would mean to truly follow Jesus.  We don’t either.  We don’t know how this path through life will twist and turn.  Like the disciples, we don’t know the challenges and people we will encounter.

Jesus never stopped teaching and loving his disciples.  He taught them to see people, situations, and the world with God’s eyes.  He challenged them to love with the heart of Jesus. 

If we are to be followers of Jesus, it is more than symbols.  It is the inspiring, confusing, sometimes terrifying challenges we attempt to embrace with a trusting open heart.  It is letting go of my “vision,” letting go of making God in my image, and allowing myself to be continually made in God’s image.  It is letting go of my security, whatever that might be.  It is stepping out into the unknown, trusting God, and following Jesus. One step at a time.

Where is Jesus leading you today?

Blessings to you,
Ruth Mytty

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