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This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Gospel this Sunday records the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and the call of the first disciples. As Jesus began his public ministry his message was clear. “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” And when he called his first disciples his message was equally clear. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” This call must have been compelling for we are told: “…… they abandoned their nets and followed him.”
Our first reading this Sunday is the story of the call of the prophet, Jonah, to prophesize to the city of Ninevah: “’Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,’ The people of Ninevah took Jonah’s message to heart for “when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth.”
Our second reading this Sunday is from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians. At the time it was written there was widespread expectation of Jesus’ imminent return. Given this mindset, Paul’s message is simple. “I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out ………………… For the world in its present form is passing away.”
Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
1. While we might like to receive God’s call in a clear and direct fashion, as did the disciples in today’s Gospel, most often God’s call is quiet and subtle. When have you felt God’s call in your life?
2. Jonah was given a very specific call to prophesize to the people of Nineveh. Have you ever felt a specific call in your life?
3. Since we are still waiting for Jesus’ return, how should this affect the way we live?