Casting Call – Good News for January 11

11 01 2010

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 left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.

The Daily Path: Are you open to the daily call of Christ?

In today’s Gospel we learn that Simon, Andrew, James and John were personally invited to join Jesus. All dropped what they were doing to follow Him.

At some point during this day, and again tomorrow, I know that I, too, will be called in some way to follow His teaching. Hopefully, in these moments, I will hear the call and be willing to drop my net and act.





Come After Me – Good News for January 12

12 01 2009

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 left 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.

The Daily Path: Today, I’m reflecting on some of the defining moments in my spiritual journey. Have you taken time to think of your own milestone events? When did God reach out and ask you to “Come after me?”

Room to Chat: It may not be formal prayer as we think of it, but isn’t a conversation between two people about their faith a form of prayer? I like the opportunity to have a quick chat with my fellow parishioners following Mass. Sometimes we discuss the sermon or parish activity. Other times the topic is family or our own well being. Either way, it’s a conversation between two people who God has brought together on this earth. Sounds like a prayer to me.