Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 21, 2018, 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jonah 3:1-5, 10   1Corinthians 7:29-31   Mark 1:14-20

A decision to follow the Lord Jesus is not always an easy one because generally the call comes at once and there is not a lot of time to decide what our answer may be. But we can be reassured that the call is a good one. And that it will change our lives and the lives of those that we will serve.

When Jesus called the disciples they were tired and worried individuals. They were not too successful at what they were already doing and so they were not inclined to do something else. Throughout Old Testament history when God called various different prophets to serve they were always reluctant because they did not know the outcome or did not have faith in their abilities to carry this out.

God calls us in many diverse ways today. Many of us have diverse gifts and talents that we can use to help others. As we are called to serve others it is often a issue of rescuing people who are in all kinds of dangers, troubles and difficulties.

Jesus is calling each of us today to follow Him. He is asking us to keep evangelizing people with love and compassion. It’s a real challenge, but we don’t have to do it alone. That’s why we call ourselves a church. Throughout this year God will give us many opportunities to serve. We will have individual and community calls. Let’s realize that in our saying yes, we can do this because we know we never have to go it alone. You may feel hesitant to respond but it’s okay the Lord understands. The Lord gives us the faith and trust to respond positively and then go on and rely on His grace.


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