Saturday, January 25, 2014

01-26-2014 -- 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

January 26, 2014 - 3rd Sunday, Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church

We are always noticing others:
what they say, how they act,
the way they look, how they dress,
the way they smile, their laugh,
how they interact with others.

Toward many, we’re indifferent, 
They neither attract us, nor do they repel us.

Toward some, we’re repelled.
We do not like the way they act.  We do not like the way they treat others.  There are things about them that offend us.

Toward others, we’re envious. 
We want their good looks, their personality, we want to be as successful or as athletic or as popular as they are.

We might even secretly try to be like them.

Then, there are those to whom we gravitate. 
They are our mentors.  And, in a sense, we are their disciples. 
We learn from them.

Sometimes these people are unaware that we’re secretly taking cues from them about how we should act, how we should behave.

Finally, there are those who fascinate and attract us:

Those we see thinking and feeling and acting in ways which we, at this present moment, are not capable of thinking and feeling and acting.  And we want to be like them.

In the Gospel, Jesus is portrayed as a fascinating person.
We want to know more about him.
We want to know where his power to attract comes from.

I mean, after all, Jesus walked right into the lives of Peter and Andrew, James and John and said, “Come follow me.”

What’s remarkable is that that they did, without question, without hesitation.  They became his disciples.

And while they might not have realized it at first, somewhere along the way they realized that Jesus was the Lord, the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of God.

Once they recognize that Jesus is Lord. Then they realize that leaving everything behind to follow him was the right choice.

Jesus has the power to attract and fascinate us.  So, we face the same decision, don’t we?  To follow or not.

That’s why we’re here: to learn from Jesus, to take our cues from him.

We listen to what he says.  We look at the way he acts and how he treats others, and we want to be more like him.

As we learn from him, he changes us.  So that when he says, “Come, follow me” we can eventually do it, without hesitation.

Maybe we can’t today. 
Maybe we haven’t been changed enough yet.

But eventually, Jesus will walk onto the seashore of our lives and say, “Come, follow me.”

And we will leave everything behind and follow after him.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Fr. Rusty. This provides such a word of hope for those of us who aren't there yet. I think some of us have often felt the guilt of not having "immediately leaving our nets and following," so for those of us who are "foolish and slow of heart to believe," it is a great reminder that Christ's call itself is what transforms us and enables us to even have the faintest beginnings of responding to that call. Again, thank you, so much.