John the Baptist
Gospel Reflection for the 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time Year B – 21st January 2018
Jesus seemed very shocked and upset at the arrest of John, his cousin and friend. Later he would have more distress at his death. The nets of violence were closing in on him, so he went somewhere safe. Gradually he would become a source of conflict. He knew he would need others to carry on his mission. He began putting his group together.
For James and John, Simon and Andrew, a day’s fishing ended up with a lifetime’s call. Another type of net was left behind, but later they would gather followers into the nets of the community of Jesus, stretching through time until today.
Being on the side of Jesus means following the way he went. The disciples went after him, knowing that his footsteps would always be big enough for their feet to fit into. The journey of Jesus will often now for the rest of the year take us into areas of conflict and of loyalty. The same for us, as we meet opposition and even ridicule as we follow the Lord. In the opposition we meet in trying to follow him, he will help. We follow in his footsteps, but he looks behind to beckon us on, the one who has gone before us in all we experience. Nothing can separate us from his love.
Recall times when you felt close to Jesus; he wants you to be with him.
Lord, may your kingdom come on earth.
Donal Neary SJ
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