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3. Sunday in Ordinary Time B Year

Sunday, January 24, 2021

St. Mark the Evangelist give us more details regarding the vocations of the apostles Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, the story we heard last Sunday. They were called to be disciples of Jesus after John the Baptist, who was their previous teacher, was put in prison. From their part, it was a free willed transfer upon Jesus’ guardianship although affected by the situation of John’s imprisonment. As a matter of fact, it turns them to account, because being upon the guidance of the divine Redeemer they received very good preparation to their apostolic mission. Their examples in turn moved the other kinsmen working in the fishery, the sons of Zebedee: James and John, to follow Jesus. Their daily occupation of fishing served to Mark as a background to express the activity in the world they will be responsible for, since now before God, namely to catch the people to God. The first reading from the Book of Jonah tells how the prophet did not want to fulfill his mission to proclaim the word of God to the pagan city of Nineveh; the mission finished against his expectations with the success of the conversion of many pagans. This context and the later fate of the above mentioned apostles show that their life and pastoral success depend mainly on God whom they should totally trust. Only then could they expect unexpected results because his work is the mission of God. It is good to know that taking into consideration a passing of everything what goes from our hands and is not from God. The second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians reminds us exactly this truth: “The world in its present form is passing away”. After all the earthly “time (of our life) is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning, those using the world as not using it fully”. The context of eternal destination of each of us makes all the earthly goals grow pale being indispensable medium and road to the divine end. This is why we repeat in the responsorial Psalm: “Teach me your ways, O Lord”. Teach us then o Lord your ways as you taught your prophets and apostles.