This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel reading below, we read of Jesus’ call to Simon and Andrew to follow him, and he would make them “fishers of men.” Simon and Andrew were hardworking fishermen; they were not training evangelists. Jesus’ call to discipleship is to all, regardless of profession, for Jesus does not call the qualified; he qualifies the called.
As each of us responds to Jesus’ call, we grow in relationship with him, and we build up his kingdom through our actions.
Gospel - 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 abandoned 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.