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.

Constantly called

In his Spiritual Exercises St. Ignatius suggests that Peter and Andrew were called three times: first to some knowledge of Christ (Jn 1), then to follow him for a while (Lk 5), and finally to follow him forever (Mt 4, Mk 1). So, even if we’ve already experienced being called, we need to stay open to further calls. They might be as rare and as significant as Mother Teresa’s vocation within a vocation, or they might come to us barely noticeable every day of our lives.

We’re created by God for God. And so we’re constantly being called, because at every moment God’s deep desire for us calls to our own deep longing for him. “Deep calls to deep” (Ps 42:7). Using the Ignatian Examen of Consciousness we can discover moments when we’ve sensed God’s presence or action in our lives, and those moments always call for some kind of response.

—Fr. Peter Fennessy, SJ is a retreat director at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

Prayer

Lord, help me enter into that peace which consists in having put my life in your hands.

—Carlo Maria Martini, SJ