A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
The Beginning of Christ’s Ministry
January 15, 2015
Last week we celebrated the Baptism of th Lord; coming up out of the water, being proclaimed as the Son of God initiated a three year ministry – the journey of Jesus Christ to
the cross and His resurrection. Fully revealed in His Son Jesus Christ, God continued His plan for our salvation.
Now Jesus would move about the region teaching and healing and performing miracles. He would cause division among those who would believe and those who called him a blasphemer for proclaiming himself one with the Father. Our world was about to change. Jesus called forth from his community the disciples who would at his invitation leave their lives and follow Him.
Think about how profound that must have been for the disciples to leave all things behind and follow a person who in so many ways was a stranger to them. How is it that they went? We can only imagine what it may have been like for these men to leave their families, convinced of the need to follow this man proclaiming to be the Son of God. It must have seemed absurd and to be sure there were family members left wondering how anyone could
abandon them and why.
It was John who spoke to the people, “Behold the Lamb of God” as Jesus walked by. It is doubtful that anyone understood that this man would become the Paschal Lamb, yet they were moved by the invitation, one to the other to follow the Christ. Were they fooled by someone who seemingly spoke with authority? They couldn’t have loved Jesus; they did not yet know him, so why would they go?
They went as part of God’s plan for the salvation of all people. They were called to a life with Christ and they were moved to follow. We can only understand if we believe that it was God who called them, God who invited them into a life that would eventually lead to an eternal
life with the Creator.
We, too, are called by our baptism as we come up out of the water to live a new life in Christ. And we, like the disciples are called to invite others; this is what we as a Church call evangelization. So as the Gospel readings of Ordinary Time reveal to us the unfolding of God’s plan for salvation, let us truly engage in bringing others to Christ. Let us live our lives in a way that reflects the depth of the love Jesus offered as he began his ministry and his