This Sunday’s Gospel: January 26, 2020

Matthew 4:12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, that what has been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwellings in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen. From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw to brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people.

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Becoming a disciple of Jesus isn’t a phenomenon specific to his earthy ministry. He still calls us to follow him closely. He still invites us to learn from him and become like him. Jesus met Andrew, Simon, James, and John where they were and as they were. He called them in their workplace as they were fishing, and they left all that they knew to follow him. Likewise, he calls you and me according to our place in life. He calls me as a college student to follow him as I earn my degrees. He calls us to follow him and give glory to him in all that we do. He calls us to be Christlike students, friends, children, parents, employees, teachers, spouses, and more. We respond to the call by leaving behind our habits and sins that draw us away from him and resolving to obey his teachings and love him above everything else. If you’re asking yourself, “Can I do this?” the answer is yes! This is what the first disciples did, and we often forget how much like us they were. He’s calling you right now, right where you are and as you are. Will you accept his invitation and follow him?

~Stay radiant!

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