First Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20
In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls His first disciples – Simon, Andrew, James, and John – who were ordinary fishermen. Yet these ordinary fishermen would serve as the first ministers of Christ’s extraordinary preaching, the first ones to echo the words of the Master: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Surely, these four were not the last to echo the Master, as Christ speaks through us as well. We, who are baptized into His Church are called to be His mouthpieces, His prophets.
This was clearly seen yesterday, as thousands upon thousands of people descended upon the nearby city of Saint Francis, for the annual Walk for Life West Coast. In much the same manner as Jonah in our first reading, these ordinary people walked through that “enormously large city”, proclaiming the extraordinary message that all life is sacred and is worthy of honor, respect, and protection. And much like those first disciples, who would net many men and women with their preaching and example, these pro-life prophets would draw many toward the side of truth, through their quiet determination, steadfast prayer, and profound witness to the sanctity of life.
What was so wonderfully done in San Francisco yesterday, Christ calls us to do everyday, wherever we may find ourselves. Brothers and sisters, be prophets! Proclaim that the kingdom of God is at hand, announce that now is the time of fulfillment, and echo the Master in word and deed, so those who see you may repent and believe in the gospel. A blessed Sunday to you all!