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Follow me and I will make you fishers of men

Fr. John Thornhill, SM EMMAUS SERIES
Today’s liturgy invites us to take up again the reflections on Christian discipleship that we began last Sunday. Last week we considered what Christian discipleship has in common with the following of inspiring human leaders. The vivid picture painted by Mark in today’s gospel reading highlights characteristics of Christian discipleship that have no parallel in the world of human discipleship.

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Jesus gave us a Church with authority, meaning β€œwhat the Church has commanded, the Church can abrogate,” writes Father Hawkswell. This includes decisions on attending Mass, receiving Communion in the hand, and getting vaccinated. (CNS photo/Matthew Bodnarek, Grandin Media)


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As with Nineveh, so with us

Fr. Vincent Hawkswell

In this Sunday’s First Reading, God sent Jonah to Nineveh to preach against its wickedness. β€œForty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” Jonah warned the people… Who can read this passage without thinking of Canada, where there are millions of people who not only commit sins, but do not even think they are wrong: adultery, fornication, sodomy, divorce, immodesty in dress, artificial contraception, in vitro fertilization, abortion, consumerism, selfishness, dishonesty, secularization of the Lord’s day, and disrespect for God’s name. (2021)

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The ordering principle in our lives

Fr. Austin Fleming

At first glance, the way Simon, Andrew, James and John respond to Jesus’ call may seem extraordinary: they just drop everything and head off in a new direction. If that’s proposed to us as an example for how we might live, it may seem impractical, even impossible. But what’s really happening here is something we all experience when there’s a change in the β€œordering principle” of our lives, a change in whatever or, more importantly, whomever is at the center of our existence. (2018)

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Call of Disciples, What’s their mission?

Fr. Evans K Chama, M.Afr

The readings of this Sunday focus on theme of calling and sending. In the gospel Jesus calls his first disciples whereas in the first reading God sends Jonas on a mission to Nineveh. It’s the case with us today as Christians; we are called and sent to witness the Good News of God’s kingdom in the world today. But what’s this Good News? And how do we announce it? (2018)

Fr. Chama’s reflection is divided into the following sections:

  • Is it the John the Baptist I know?
  • Boat and net to leave behind as disciples
  • From ghetto to encounter
  • Jonas and his ghetto mentality
  • That’s the gospel to witness
  • What’s the Nineveh of my life?

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His time, His story

Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino

We have to make the best use of our time.Β  Our time is not our own.Β  It belongs to God.Β  At the beginning of the Book of Genesis, we hear that all creation was entrusted to mankind.Β  When we think of creation, we focus on the concrete aspects of creation, those things which we can see such as the lakes and oceans, the mountains and hills, and we focus on the plants and animals God has given us to care for,, and we focus on human beings and how we can care for others through the proper use of God’s gifts of creation.Β Β  There is another aspect of creation we often miss.Β  That is time.Β  Time is also part of creation.Β  Time only exists in the physical world.Β  It is entrusted to us to be used wisely. (2021)

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Do you know your purpose in life? Scripture can help you discern

Jamie Waters

Today’s readings build on last Sunday’s texts about callings. The first reading and the Gospel reveal the power of accepting one’s calling, as it can lead to the conversion of others. The first reading from Jonah describes the prophet delivering a message of condemnation against the people of Nineveh in Assyria. Upon hearing the warning, the people change their ways, repenting of their sins and fasting. Moved by their acts of contrition, God does not destroy the Ninevites. The narrative reveals the power of change, and it also reveals the importance of accepting one’s calling. Earlier, the prophet had refused his calling. When told to travel to Nineveh, Jonah instead boarded a ship heading in the opposite direction. Only after a tumultuous journey does he reluctantly prophesy to the Ninevites, and yet his short prophecy has a major impact. (2021)

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Fr. George Smiga

The scriptures never tell us how Zebedee reacted to the departure of his two sons. But the very lack of information suggests to us that his response was a moderate and patient oneβ€”choosing to wait in his confusion and in his disappointment, choosing to wait until the future made things clear. We know from history that James and John never returned to the family fishing business. From the time that day when they set out after Jesus, they were his β€˜til the end. But perhaps a day came when Zebedee could look at the decision of his two boys and recognize that their choice was not at foolish as it first appeared to him. The experience of Zebedee calls us to wait and be patient when people we love make decisions that we do not understand… (2018)

Title of Fr. Smiga’s other homilies for this Sunday (located on the same page) are:

  • Of whales and war (1st Reading)
  • God alone remains (2nd Reading)
  • Living in a passing world (2nd Reading)
  • What god dreams for us (Gospel)

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Ambivalences of the call

Fr. John Kavanaugh, SJ

We are all, in effect, pilgrims, prophets, apostles, and sojourners in this passing bright circus of the world. We all have our message to give and our own act to perform. Such is the nature of our call into existence. But like Jonah, we are well advised not to let immediate expectations or even our long-range dreams delude us. In the end, the final word is Good News from this strangely wonderful God who wants to capture us all in a net of eternal love. (1997)

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To what and to who do you want to give your life?

Fr. Charles Irvin

The call of Jesus to twelve individuals, the call we just heard about in today Gospel account, is not a call issued only to twelve Jewish men over 2,000 years ago. It is an insistent call, and urgent call, a demanding call that comes down to us through 2,000 years in this Church of ours to you, to you here and now, to you today, who have been called by God to receive the Bread of Life from this altar and then to leave this church building on a mission. We are to leave here as those who are sent, sent with the twelve apostles to change the world by first changing our own lives. For the simple truth is that when you do in fact change your life, you will have begun to change the whole world. What are you seeking? What is God whispering to you deep down within you? To what and to who do you want to give your life? (2021)

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What moves you?

Joseph LaCombe

What moves you? That was the slogan at the company I used to work for. The point behind it was for employees and managers alike to identify those things, those key elements, those intangibles that move you, that motivate you to become a better employee. But ironically, I found that what actually moves me could not be found at that company. Career-wise, I actually found what moved me at a different company. But apply that question to life – what moves you? What moves you to be better? In today’s first reading, we see Jonah was moved to preach to the people of Nineveh and inform them of God’s plan and what they must do if they want to be saved. And then in the gospel, Jesus moves Simon, Andrew, James and John to drop what they are doing and follow Him? God moving people, to motivate them to do His will. What must that have felt like? (2018)

Life Issue Posts

3B Ordinary Time websiteΒ  publishesΒ  articles directly related to issues raised in Evangelium Vitae, and related homilies by Fr. Al CariΓ±o, O.M.I., Fr. Tony Pueyo, and others.

Conversion – a change of heart

Al Carino

Suppose someone asks you the question, “Are you like Christ?,” what will your reaction or answer be? You may be annoyed at being subjected to a question as personal as that. So you may answer back, “That is none of your business!” Or you may turn the question around and say, “Is anybody?” Finally, you may frankly but humbly answer, “I am afraid I am not but I would like to be.”

Come with Me

Frank Enderle

All of us, without exception, are called by the Lord. He says to us each and every one of us the same words he said to his Apostles: “Come with me.” In order for us to hear the call of Jesus and be able to follow Him, as the apostles did, we need to disengage from the inordinate desire for material things that plagues the society in which we live. If we do not do that, we may find that there is too much clutter in our lives, too many things to worry about, and we will not be able to follow the Lord freely.

Thy Kingdom Come

Antonio P. Pueyo

The kingdom of God may be described as ” the leaven of today in the dough of the bread of tomorrow.” It is “not yet” but “already”. The kingdom of God is a gift from God and at the same time a project we help build.

In the Footsteps of St. Paul

Antonio P. Pueyo

Why should anyone preach at all? I see two important reasons, first, because the Lord commanded it, and second, because something good ought to be shared.

Living on the Plane of Faith

Douglas P. McManaman

Supernatural faith is the highest way of knowing. And eventually, after living in real self-surrendering faith, we become aware that we’ve been walking in light, not darkness. That is why St. Augustine says: β€œBelieve in order to understand.” Many people have this backwards; they will not make an act of faith until they understand, until they are sure.