Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
Today is Monday 14 January, in the First Week of Ordinary Time.
The monks of Pluscarden Abbey sing: Ego vos elegi: ‘I have chosen you out of the world, so that you might go out and bear fruit, fruit that will last.’ As I listen to this chant, I remind myself that God calls me, calls me by my name. However unsuitable or unworthy I may think I am, God has chosen me.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Mark.
This story vividly illustrates the calling of the first disciples. As Christians in the modern world, we find ourselves called in very different ways. But we probably face the same sort of incredulity and fear that those first disciples did. Can you hear Jesus calling you to follow him now?
We are called to live simply, sustainably and to be in solidarity with the poor. It is quite a challenge and one that affects all aspects of our lives. What parts of your life could you make this change to today?
As you listen to the reading again, imagine yourself being called by Jesus in the here and now. How do you feel?
Today, think about the notion of calling. How do I respond to that call? What are the ways in which I live my faith so that I show my calling to others?