Thoughts on the Readings for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) 2020

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“I’m sorry the mailbox is full and cannot accept any more messages.  Please try your call again later.”   Every now and again I’ll get that message when, I’m trying to call someone.  Unfortunately, more often than I care to admit I think this is the message God gets when God tries to call me.   I mention this because today’s Gospel is the story of the call of the first disciples.   

This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday in Ordinary Time.  Our Gospel this Sunday comes in two sections.   The first section is tied to our first reading today.   The second section, though, relates the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and the call of the first disciples.   Jesus calls Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew, as well as James and John the sons of Zebedee.   Jesus didn’t waste a lot of words in calling these first disciples.  He merely said:  “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”   Certainly the call of these men was clear and evident, and in that sense it may differ slightly from the way God calls you or me.   On the other hand, though, they must have been open and attentive to the call, because they answered it immediately and unambiguously.   

Our first reading this Sunday is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.   This passage was chosen because it contains a prophecy about the restoration of the lands of Zebulun and Naphtali.  These lands are also referenced in the opening verses of today’s Gospel.   We believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy of Isaiah.  

For the next several weeks our second reading will be taken from the first Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians.   In the section we read today, Paul pleads for unity among the people of Corinth “so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning.”    

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:
1.  When have you heard the call of God in your life?
2.  Looking back, can you see where you were too preoccupied or busy, and may have missed God’s call? 
3.  Why is unity (not uniformity) so important in the Christian community? 

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