As we return to the Gospels and green banners of Ordinary Time, Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Mark (1: 14-20) in which Jesus declares that the Kingdom of God is at hand and calls his first disciples.
In this Gospel, Fr Paul says, Jesus begins his ministry and one of the very first things he does is create a community of disciples. Jesus can’t do everything on his own and that is the very point of the Church to which we belong. We all have a part to play and it is our part to do the work and mission of Jesus. Each of us, who belong to the Church, can make a unique contribution.
We also hear, in John’s Gospel, this same beginning with the calling of the disciples, and the point of both Gospel accounts was ‘the call’. Jesus called the disciples and their response was that they left everything at once and followed him. So began the companionship of the disciples and then the learning to work together.
This Gospel has those four points central to it: the call, the response, the companionship, and the working together.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul says, we might ask ourselves, ‘What is Jesus calling me to do in our Church and in our world?’