Sunday January 22, 2012
Gospel, Mark 1:14-20After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the gospel from God saying,
'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel.'
As he was walking along by the Lake of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon's brother Andrew casting a net in the lake -- for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, 'Come after me and I will make you into fishers of people.'
And at once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending the nets.
At once he called them and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise be to God.
How wonderful to read of Jesus going about called his disciples to come be with Him as the kingdom of God was close at hand.
We are also called each day to follow Jesus as the kingdom of God is close at hand.
This does not mean the world is coming to an end. It means that we are offered constantly the chance to walk with Jesus and help to insure that all of us are ready to enter the kingdom.
No one knows the time or the place when one will be called home to receive our promised reward.
I want everyone I love and know to share that reward with me.