3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - 21st January, 2018

Liturgical Reflection

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; 1Cor 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20

The theme running through today’s readings is ‘conversion’ of heart..… ‘To repent’ is literally ‘to turn towards’ God and ‘to believe the good news’.  This also means ‘turning away’ from anything that hinders this.

Jonah is a reluctant and successful prophet.  He succeeds in turning the hearts of others to repent but slower in his response to the generosity and compassion of God.

Paul reminds his Corinthian hearers that their time is short.  It was a message we lived in the pre-Christmas rush and one we live in daily as we age or others remind us that time together is precious at every stage of our lives.

Mark’s gospel is short on details and strong on message.  It is almost like a text message:

‘John Bpt in prison Jesus takes over preaching time is now.
Jesus recruiting calls Peter and Andrew James and John. ‘Come now’.  Ok.  Urgent.
Their fathers left to work the nets with hired workers.’

We know from the other gospels that Peter and company did not accept Jesus ‘sight unseen’.  They had visited him, listened and wondered.  However, leaving their families like this was as radical in their culture as it is in ours.

Christianity is a religion for people in community, in action and in prayer.

Jesus’ call to the apostles changed their lives and human history.

Today, let us be open to accept God’s gift of time.  Together, we are called to be God’s friends, companions, co-workers.  We can’t help everyone; we can help someone.  Our time is now.


Rose Mary Kinne op