A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
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NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
January 19, 2018
What are we waiting for? It seems like a simple question and yet, so many of us can’t answer it. It doesn’t even really matter what we’re waiting for, but the fact that we’re waiting on something causes me to ask this question.
In order to put this question into some context, let me pose a few examples: Why are you waiting to look for that new job? Why are you waiting to start that new diet or exercise plan? Why are you waiting to take that dream vacation to that destination that you’ve always wanted to see? Why aren’t you telling that special person that you truly love him or her?
I bet I know the answers. Do they sound something like this? Now isn’t the right time. I will, but I need to wait until next week, next month or next year. I hate to spend the money. I'm afraid that this will change things )and not for the better). What you’re really saying is, “I’m afraid of risk” or “I’m afraid of change.”
But what if taking that risk or making that change was the best thing that ever happened in your life? If you’re afraid to move forward, you might be stuck standing still. Or worse, you might be moving backwards. Fear of uncertainty can create paralysis which isn’t good for anyone! What if this was the question: When are you finally going to answer God’s call? I’m not even going to suggest what that call may be. Maybe it is to ordained ministry or religious life (which is what we often think of when we talk about a “call.”) Maybe it is to volunteer to serve those in need. Perhaps it is to join that committee or council that you’ve always talked about but never quite had time for. Maybe it's as simple as increasing your personal prayer life. God calls us in so many different ways. Do we hear His
call or do we turn away and fail to hear His call? When Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew fishing. Jesus called them to follow Him. They responded by immediately dropping their nets and following Him. When he saw James and John, he called them to follow Him, too. Like the others, they dropped their nets to follow Jesus.
When Jesus called to them, they immediately followed. Imagine that! They followed Him knowing nothing about the Paschal Mystery. We are aware of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection for our salvation, and yet, there are times that we hesitate to follow His call. Why is that? This weekend, we should reflect on Mark’s Gospel and how Jesus called His first four disciples to follow Him. Ultimately, we should all imitate Christ, but perhaps we need to start by imitating Simon, Andrew, James and John. They are truly examples of what it means to follow God’s call.