Monday 30 November 2015

Monday of 1st Week, even numbered year Lundi de la 1ere semaine , année paire

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Gospel.’

1 Sam.1-8 Ps.115 Mk.1,14-20

Monday of 1st Week, even numbered year

“After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There, he proclaimed the gospel from God, saying, ’The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.”

John the Baptist ensured the continuity of the prophetic call in the Jewish people. He could also maintain them in the hope of something new, but he was arrested. So Jesus comes on the scene and everything becomes new again, for he puts into place a new world. He manifests His Love and speaks with authority, ’Come behind me’. Jesus gives a place to each person after him, ensuring they have a role :’ I will turn you into fishers of people.’

And so the Good News takes on the shape of a people that is walking ahead, sustained by a Word. We are still this people, so long as we keep on walking. Our conversion is to listen to the Good News, it is such a great joy, it puts us before the realism of the Word of God. We have to go through this conversion each moment of our life, for we need to welcome a new Love. This Love is our liberation, for in our misery we are liable to get discouraged.We need to hold our head high, looking to Jesus and to go with Him in his direction.And so we can put up with being poor sinners, since we are loved in such a great way. We hold up our head as a people that is risen, because Jesus has already saved us. We go off following Jesus as we walk.

“As he was walking along by the Lake of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon’s brother Andrew casting a net in the lake-for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them,’ Come after me and I will make you into fishers of people.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.”

This is how Jesus gets us moving. The first stage to follow Him is when we leave, showing Him our intentions. Jesus goes far away from Jerusalem showing his desire of openness. He will come back having called the whole of the Jewish people, the poor and the rich, men and women, those who are sick and those who are ’in good health’. No one is left at the side of the road : ’The time has come’ to do new things, in link with what was. This is how God comes to us, we are called all together to build up new relationships in his Love. Christ

calls us ’fishermen of men.’ We enter into his mystery, whilst carrying on with our life in daily life. We are happy to be called by Him and we lift up our head praying for all our people. What joy to dwell in Jesus’ call, what hope to begin to live in a continual attitude of conversion! The kingdom of God is so close. His Infinite Love is already here and it will grow even more.

“Going on a little further, he saw James the son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending the nets.At once he called them, and leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.”

"Let us cross over to the other side of the Lake of Galilee.’ This is the place of work, of our daily life, ’at the lake side’. Jesus calls his disciples in their daily life. He joins a greater aspiration in each one, a call for a greater communion. The same goes for each one of us ; in our present day we keep a skylight open up to the starry heavens. We can ’leave’ this work and these relationships so that they may contain a greater dimension of hope in them.

Jesus comes to have hope spring up by his Word and gathers us together. Very often, we are at the side of our life. Jesus comes and calls us to go further into it by following Him. The announcement of the Good News is a fire that propagates, enlightening the face of the Church that shines forth. Henceforth the Glory of Jesus her Saviour lights up the way. This is how the happiness that Jesus comes to us is expressed! Our life is a communion in the Joy of Jesus and Mary. When trails come, we take refuge in Jesus’ Passion and in Mary’s Compassion. We are going towards something that goes beyond something that is already present, and, comforted by Jesus, we move forward in the Mystery of the Living God.

We ask for the grace to declare Jesus’ message, one that transforms the world.