Sunday January 24

Gospel of Mark 1:14–20

Repent and believe in the Gospel.

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

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

I ponder the magnetism of Jesus. Simon, Andrew, James and John responded to Jesus wholeheartedly. Leaving everything and following him. Theirs is a head, heart and body response.

In my prayer I contemplate this scene using my imagination and let the scene unfold. Using all my senses I take notice of what I can see, hear, taste and feel. What is happening in the scene? What is happening to my heart, heart and body?

Mary Ward contemplated this scene in her retreat in 1619. She experienced great joy and insight around freedom and mission.

I perceived that their relinquishing of all, was wonderful, entire and perfect. And that this was the cause that had given them such abundance of grace. Mary Ward retreat notes 1619 ‘Of the Calling of the Apostles’.

I particularly take notice of what is life giving for me in this scene. What brings me increased faith, hope and love? What is my vocation?