This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. We return to the Cycle B Scripture Readings from the Gospel of Mark. In today’s passage Jesus passes by the sea of Galilee and calls some fisherman to be his disciples. He invites them to follow him by saying, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” So, Simon, Andrew, James and John accept the invitation: they leave their nets and follow Jesus. He calls them from their ordinary lives to an extraordinary ministry. All who are called to follow Jesus need to repent and believe in the Gospel. Daily, Christ extends the invitation to each of us to use the gifts and talents we have been given by God, to help further the kingdom of God. At different times in our lives, the call of Jesus may have a new facet to the challenge in following him. For instance, in times of separation from our loved ones (job related travel, military service, education out of state or country), in times of serious illness, after a major life event (graduation, marriage, job promotion), in times of loss (of a job, from a fire, flood, tornado), or following the death of a loved one. Christ may seem to be asking something additional from us. This week, let us listen attentively to the call of Christ in our lives. What “nets” is he asking us to leave behind or let go of? What is in those “nets” that we are clinging to so tightly? In what ways do we need to repent and believe in the Gospel?
Just a reminder: the Holy Hour with Bishop Cistone is this Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. Please make this a priority in your week.
Please note the flyer in today’s bulletin regarding the Knights of Columbus Raffle: the joint fundraiser for Council and State Charities. There are many great prizes. The cost of tickets is $5.00. Tickets will be sold in our parish after both Masses next weekend (January 27 and 28). Please support this worthy cause.
The closing on the former Saint Matthew Hall between the Diocese of Saginaw and the City of Zilwaukee took place on Friday, January 12. This past week, Saint John Paul II Parish received a check for $64,046.90 from the diocese. The actual sale of the property was $68,000.00 before the closing costs, the survey and property boundaries cost, a couple of inspections/tests, and a contingent of $500 held in the case of other costs.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ