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January 11, 2016 (Monday)

St. Theodosius the Cenobite

Monday of the First Week
GREEN

1 Sm 1:1-8 • Ps 116 • Mk 1:14-20

THE CALL OF THE FIRST DISCIPLES

14After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: 15“This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

16As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. 17Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 18Then they left their nets and followed him. 19He 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. 20Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.

COME AFTER ME, AND I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN.

As Jesus starts his ministry, he calls the first disciples: Simon and his brother Andrew, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John—all are fishermen. Their response is very radical: they immediately leave their nets and follow Jesus. Jesus’ call changes their life from being fishermen to becoming fishers of men.

Jesus’ first disciples are here presented as models of a willing and generous response to Jesus. They ask no questions; they immediately leave everything behind. Today Jesus continues to call generous men and women to follow him.

Are you ready to leave everything to respond to Jesus’ call?

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