Sunday, January 25, 2015

Come After Me

By Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ

When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.  Jonah 3:10

I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out…For the world in its present form is passing away.  1 Corinthians 7:29A, 31B

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen.  Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Mark 1:16-17

The big picture of piety shows our response to the purpose of life.  It is not simply that we are created to the image and likeness of Christ.  The Sacramental life of the Church makes us children of God. Christ in his humanness is in heaven.  The Sacramental life of the Church makes us the humanness of Christ here on earth.  The world in its present form is passing away.  The Sacramental life of the Church makes us intimately related to Christ and each other as children of his Father.  The Sacraments make us into the reality of Christ on earth.  Our piety is how we respond to the call of Christ.  He shows us his life as the perfect response to the Father’s love for us.  Our piety makes us over into the mind and heart of Christ.  We bring a shared redemption to our world when we offer our sufferings in the name of Christ to fill up what is wanting to the sufferings of Christ.

The arresting of John, brought a change in the style of the ministry of Jesus.  The Good News is that God loved the world.  Jesus is the good news of salvation.  God loved the world so much that he was willing to be one of us so that we would know how much and how great is the love of God for us.  The arresting of John brought Jesus to the need of a replacement for John.  He called the fisherman and their very call is the beginning of our call.  If he would call fishermen, we have lost any possible excuse for not hearing our own call.  Who could not be called by the Lord?

Jonah goes through the big city of Nineveh telling the people that God will destroy them if they do not change.  He actually thought they would not listen to him.  He is even mad at God that they did listen.  Do we actually believe we can make a difference in this world of ours that has gone so crazy that innocent people are being blown up for the sake of keeping our easy lives safe?  We cannot use the excuse that we cannot do any good because God is the one that changes lives if we do our job.  Is anyone too low down in the scale of worthwhile that God would not be willing to use us to call one back to the purpose of their life? 

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