*** 1st Reading ***

Hebrews 1:1-6

God has spoken in the past to our ancestors through the prophets,

In many different ways, although never completely; but in our times he has spoken definitively to us through his Son. He is the one God appointed heir of all things, since through him he unfolded the stages of the world.

 He is the radiance of God’s Glory and bears the stamp of God’s hidden being, so that his powerful word upholds the universe. And after taking away sin, he took his place at the right hand of the divine Majesty in heaven.

 So he is now far superior to angels just as the name he received sets him apart from them. To what angel did God say: You are my son, I have begotten you today? and to what angel did he promise: I shall be a father to him and he will be a son to me? On sending his Firstborn to the world, God says: Let all the angels adore him.


Ps 97:1 & 2b, 6 & 7c, 9

Let all his angels worship him.


**** Gospel ****

Mark 1:14-20

After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News.”

As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 

At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Ze­be­dee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately, Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.


Gospel Reflection

The movement is starting. As much as Jesus wants to do it Himself, His self-limitation as fully human made Him look for partners, people who would embrace His vision and work with Him to inaugurate the kingdom of God.

He will be collecting a rag tag team of individuals who at first glance seemed not to be qualified. Is it probable because God does not call the qualified but qualify those whom He calls Fishermen, tax-collector, revolutionary zealot and the like does not inspire much as a team.

But look where we are right now after more than 2,000 years. It was in their weakness that God effected a wonderful miracle.