Jan. 26, 2020 - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time    

(Is 8:23-9:3; 1Cor 1:10-13,17; Mt 4:12-23)

In this week’s Gospel, we see Jesus’s reaction to the news that His cousin John has been arrested; He goes into seclusion back home in Galilee, and then begins gathering His band of followers who will become His disciples. In Israel at this time, students sought out teachers, but Jesus reverses that. He calls first Peter and Andrew, then James and John, saying “Come, follow Me.” Apparently, His words strike some deep chord, because these rough fishermen put down their nets and immediately follow Him. These men responded to Jesus’s call without hesitation, and their lives, and the history of the world, were changed because of that.

Jesus also calls each of us. Just as He did on the Sea of Galilee, He meets us where we are and extends the invitation to follow Him. We might think we don’t have the necessary gifts or talents to do great things for the Kingdom, but who would have thought that ordinary fishermen would become the greatest fishers of men? When we say “yes” to Jesus, He can use us in ways we can’t even imagine.

Although God has graced His church with people of every conceivable kind of talent and temperament, these gifts need to be united in a common commitment to Christ, who can then direct them through Himself in a gift of praise to the Father