January 24th, 2021
What does it mean to answer God’s call? The readings for this Sunday highlight the theme of God’s call. In the Gospel, Jesus invites the apostles to leave their nets and to join him in announcing that the Kingdom of God is near. This call is similar to the one we hear about in the First Reading. God sends the prophet Jonah to call the people of Nineveh to convert their hearts, that have been frozen by sin. The urgency expressed by Saint Paul in the Second Reading coincides with the call to lead the new lifestyle that the Kingdom of God requires. God loves us and we must love others in the same way.
The answer to the question posed at the beginning of this paragraph is simple: we respond to God’s call when we are faithful to the New Covenant, when we fulfill Christ’s commandments, when we reflect in our lives the lifestyle of the Kingdom, in which justice prevails over hatred and peace over war. This theme should be reflected in the Prayers of the Faithful, the commentaries for the Mass, the homily, and the choice of songs through which the assembly’s bonds of unity and love are expressed. It is also recommended that parish groups continue to reflect during the week about the manner in which each of its members has responded to God’s call throughout his/her spiritual journey.
Rev. Juan J. Sosa