January 10, 2022

Today the readings for our liturgical year shift from relating the events of Christmas Time to the first day of Ordinary Time. Daily excerpts from the Gospel of Mark begin. We learn of the arrest of John the Baptist and read about the invitation Jesus extends to the first Apostles to follow him…The time is now. Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. (Mark 1:14-20)

The call to follow Jesus is extended uniquely to each person. What is remarkable here is the immediacy with which the disciples responded…leaving their nets, their father, and blindly accepting the unknown gift Jesus was offering. They followed with trust and full confidence, without hesitation, second-guessing, or assessing the future. They responded to the NOW of the invitation. The question becomes…did they (or do we) realize that the call is to unite with Jesus in suffering the way of the Cross?

How do I respond to the invitations and offers of counsel extended to me by the Holy Spirit? Is the time and place of the response hesitant, outright refusal, or is it an immediate trusting and acceptance of God’s plan for me? Mark’s words express the needed response to the prompting of the Spirit…This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel. (Mark 1:14)

Saint Peter Julian Eymard in a letter to Mme. Josephine Gourd (August 1867) sent advice and counsel about prayer and decision making…He (God) knows the exact reason he has given us difficulty and the specific benefits that will accrue to us … now this attitude of total surrender into God’s hand needs to extend to every possible aspect and area of our lives…only then could we say we are approaching his divine heart. (A Year With Father Eymard. Day by Day: Excerpts from September 21)


Father God, I thank you for this special anniversary day in my life journey with you. The day is marked with remembrance of the call Bob and I shared when we married each other on this date. Love never ends, but on this same date, eight years ago, our 26 years of marriage together ended on this earth when God called my beloved Bob to his home in heaven. Let us remember the words of the Psalm we proclaim today: How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up. And I will call upon the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116, vs. 12-13)


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About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.