20170122 - Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Jan 18, 2017, 9:55 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:12 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 2:1-12

Teddy’s Reflection

In this week’s gospel, we see the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, as well as his first disciples. Jesus says to Peter, Andrew, James, and John while they are fishing, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Seemingly, without hesitation, they put down their nets and follow Jesus.

In our lives today, I believe that Jesus calls to us to follow him by presenting us with opportunities to evangelize. I know that evangelization can sound intimidating, but I think it’s actually quite simple. A Google search of “catholic” gives two meanings that help define our faith: universal and all-embracing. I interpret that as meaning that Catholicism is meant for everyone and embraces all people. In short, evangelization to me means spreading love and compassion to all people.

When I say that we are presented with opportunities to evangelize, I don’t think of standing on top of a platform and preaching, but I think of everyday situations where we can show love and compassion. These can come in the form of a person who is outcast, someone who posts something sad on social media, or even when we see people before entering the doors of a building. When we are faced with scenarios like these, I believe Jesus is challenging us to be as open minded as the four fishermen who, without hesitation, follow Jesus. Rather than ignore people who are outcast, we can smile and start a friendly conversation. Instead of scrolling through social media and ignoring sad posts, we can check up on that person and see if they need cheering up. When we see people before entering a building, we can cheerfully hold the door open for them. Every day actions, when filled with love, can make all the difference. It’s not easy to do these things without any hesitation whatsoever, but I believe that through prayer and awareness of our faith, we can follow Jesus and become “fishers of men” to spread love and compassion to all.