January 14, 2018

Mk 1:14-20

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 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. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”

And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What gifts do you bring?

If someone asked you today to give up your daily life and follow them…would you? That’s the question that always draws me in first with this reading.  The request feels overwhelming and impossible to imagine. “Would I leave everything behind for this?”

Another question follows.  “Am I someone who would even be invited?”  

As I reflect on times in my life when I was surprised to have been asked to be a part of something, I realize that other people in my life have seen gifts in me that I don’t always recognize or value.  Jesus saw promise in these fishermen and they were ready to follow him. They were ready to use their gifts in the service of this intriguing mission Jesus had laid out for them.

You have been invited too.  What gifts do you bring?

—Kay Gregg is the Assistant Department Chair of Campus Ministry at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL.


Jesus, you called Simon, Andrew, James and John from their daily lives to join you in sharing the faith.  Help me to see where you are calling me today, and give me the strength to leave things behind so that I can more closely follow you.

—Kay Gregg


Troy Bengford