Monday, January 11, 2010

Back to ordinary time

Yesterday's feast of the Baptism of the Lord ended the Christmas season. So we're back to "ordinary time." For now it will only last about a month until Lent begins.
Today's Gospel is from the first chapter of Mark. In it, Jesus calls the first disciples.

Peter and Andrew were in their fishing boat with their father Zebedee, mending the nets. Jesus came walking by the sea. He called them, and they immmediately dropped what they were doing and followed after him. The Gospel says that they left their father in the boat with the hired men. What did Zebedee think about it? We don't know, but he may not have been too pleased!

Jesus must have radiated something very special, a unique presence that drew people to him. We can't see him like the first disciples did, in person with our own eyes. But we can know him by faith. The journey of "ordinary time" involves getting to know Jesus just like they did. He reveals himself to us too.

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