Mark 1:14-20 Reflection – Leave Self Behind

Reflection on Mark 1:14-20 ~

Although since youth I distinctly remember each of Jesus’s calls, it is only in the last 15 years or so that I have truly understood. As a person of reason and logic, it is often difficult to believe, trust, and discern. In addition my other personal interest often took precedence. The first four decades of my life resulted in only a warm response to these continued invitations. In my late 40’s while alone and deep in the forest with a loud “Yes Lord,” I finally I accepted. Have you considered leaving self behind to say “Yes?”

The Calling of Saint James and Saint John James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Calling of Saint James and Saint John, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Mark 1  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry

14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 1:14-2.