“Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: ‘This is the Time of Fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.’ … As He passed by the Sea of Galilee, [Jesus] saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea … Jesus said to them, ‘Come after Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ …”
Links & Resources
- Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men – Gospel Commentary by Saint Ephrem (c.306-373), Deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church – DailyGospel.org
- Following Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
- I Keep So Busy Workin’ for the Kingdom, I Ain’t Got Time to Die – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of the Year – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington
- Third Sunday Sunday in Ordinary Time, Classic – St. Vincent Archabbey
- Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, Modern – St. Vincent Archabbey
Following the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus goes to Galilee and begins Proclaiming the Good News:
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: ‘This is the Time of Fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.’
His Public Ministry underway, Jesus then calls the fishermen Apostles — Peter, Andrew, James and John. He famously promises that Peter and Andrew will become fishers of men:
As He passed by the Sea of Galilee, [Jesus] saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea … Jesus said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ … they abandoned their nets and followed Him. He … saw James … and his brother John … mending their nets. … He called them. … they left … and followed Him.
Teach me Your Ways, O Lord.
Jonah — who has finally accepted his Mission from God to preach against the evils of Nineveh — walks through that Nineveh predicting its destruction.
The people of Nineveh repent, fasting in sackcloth.
God is moved by their repentance to relent in His Wrath.
… Jonah … had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, ‘Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,’ when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, He repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; He did not carry it out.
Saint Paul cautions us to look to the future, to the end of the age. Whatever its significance, the seemingly immediate framework of our earthly affairs does not having lasting relevance.
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. … the world in its present form is passing away.
At the same time, recall that part of how we are to be judged is how we act within our earthly circumstances, such as our need to treat others with Christian Charity.