In our gospel today, Mark 1:14-20, Jesus is walking along the Sea of Galilee where he sees Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, and he calls them to “come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”. They all immediately left everything behind to follow Jesus. Jesus invited them to discipleship and to help him on his mission.
Jesus calls everyone of us to some level of discipleship. This call always implies leaving something behind for the sake of something greater. For many of us, the problem is we don’t hear the call because we are so busy and have too much noise in our lives.
According to market research group Nielsen, the average American adult spends more than 11 hours a day interacting with media. That equates to 44 years of their entire life staring at screens (TVs, computers and smartphones). However, when many people are asked if they take time to pray each day, they respond, “no, I don’t have the time”.
If we don’t hear or feel God’s call, could it be we are not giving God enough of our undivided attention? Perhaps the first step for us is to do some fasting from all the “screens” in our life, and give God a few moments of quiet time each day to be with him. Maybe then we can hear what Jesus is calling us to leave behind to follow him.
De Colores, Deacon Kevin
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Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.