Mk 1:14-20 They Followed Him
While I was visiting a patient in the Emergency room, I befriended the nurse who was raised a Catholic but for unknown reasons left the Church and began attending a non-denominational denominational community. I asked him to return to the faith of his parents and grandparents (I assumed that because he was Italian). He took down my number and promised to give me a call.
I had a delightful conversation with two sisters who are very successful (career wise) and yet were not ready for life’s great surprises and tragedies. Both were raised Catholic but one left the Church when she got married. It has been a thorn in her mother’s side ever since but prayers are worth more than gold! She has been praying for both and hoping that both will come back to the faith. The child that left the faith told me that she felt joy in her heart every time she worshipped and praised the Lord in her new found faith. I asked her if she was certain that that is how the Lord wanted to be praised and worshipped. After all, isn’t why we go to Church: to give praise and honor to God and not to ourselves? So it would be important that the one who feels adored is the Lord and not I. I just threw that out there as food for thought.
In today’s Gospel, the Lord gets to work. The moment has arrived. The greatest story ever told is to begin. Now, the crew needs to be found. The actors are not your typical or expected ones for such an amazing production. They have not been trained for such a role. This is the first “real-life” actors.
As you can see, the Lord calls them and they follow him. There is no time for explanations. No time for ground rules. No time for contracts and for conditions to be set. No beautiful and heartwarming conversion stories! The Lord spoke, and it happened. How? Only God knows. Here I am, born on a certain day and year, and yet, I was never asked, never gave permission, never signed a consent form. But, Here I am Lord; I come to do your will.
Where are we going? What will we do? Everything is fair game. Everything is possible with God. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is impossible for the Lord of history, of men, of all. These men are truly fortunate. To have lived life to the full with the Lord of Life! What amazing possibilities await them? And yet, the same holds true for me!
Lord, let me live my life according to your plan, your wishes, your desires - your holy will. May I never walk ahead of you or behind you. May I have the grace and strength to proclaim your word to all who are near to me; who will hear and listen.
May I cast your net and find a catch worthy of you!