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"The Kingdom of God is at Hand"

 

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday, we hear the first words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of St. Mark.  “This is the time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”  Jesus, like John the Baptist, calls His listeners to repentance, or “metanoia” in Greek.  The call involves more than sorrow for sins, rather the call seeks an actual turning of a person’s being.  

Urged by a sense of mission, Jesus begins to call his disciples.  He first sees Peter and Andrew.  His call penetrates their hearts, and they begin their journey with Him.  Not much later, Jesus calls James and John.  Once again, the response to His call is immediate and radical.  They leave their work and begin to live as fishers of people.  They follow Jesus not hoping for a better lifestyle, but rather a compassionate way of life urged on by Jesus’s example and words.  

From the beginning of His ministry Jesus calls his disciples to community, a relationship with God and love of their neighbors.  

This weekend, the Archdiocese kicks off the 2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal, also known as the CMA.  This annual appeal provides us with an opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, to stand with them, to provide a sense of hope in their lives, to share the Light of Christ in our local communities.  CMA provides a clear path to feed the poor; help students at St. Rita School for the Deaf; support evangelization on college campuses, chaplain services in hospitals and prisons; support vocations of priests, deacons, and lay ministers, and to care for retired priests.  I support the CMA and I invite you to prayerfully consider your support.  

Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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