MARK 1: 14-20 Gospel Reading – The Call To Conversion

Gospel Reading: Mark 1: 14-20

After John was arrested, Jesus went into the 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 the lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will  make you fish people.” At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther 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 their hired men.


A. The Call to Conversion

Jesus started his ministry with the twelve disciples. The twelve was the first batch to respond to the call of conversion at the beginning of Jesus ministry. They are considered as the chosen few from which Jesus spent precious time to train them for a very important mission of overcoming the world from the bondage of sins.

In the account of this bible reading , the process of recruitment is not complicated and does not require long list of qualification standard for Jesus had simply called them to follow for he would make them fisher of men. None of them from the human perspective qualifies being a worthy disciples of Jesus. We might even ask, what makes them qualified in the eyes of God? This is really a tough question which requires enough time of research and reflection to come up with a logical and valid answer. But tell you the answer to this question is not about how the disciples qualifies themselves in the eyes of God but it is about the work of God in itself that qualifies them to become  worthy disciple of Jesus.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, how many times you had been called but failed to respond in doubt of yourself? How many times you had told yourself that “no, not this time because you are not ready and qualified.” And now that you know that it is not our qualification that matter but rather how God qualifies us, what would you like to say unto the Lord your God?

Like the disciples’ response in this bible reading, let it be a joy to respond God’s calling for conversion immediate as the disciples had done during their time. Be Jesus disciple in this time and proclaim the gospel of God to further the cause of salvation. Amen.

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