Sunday, January 22, 2012

Called Out of the Ordinary

What struck me most about today's Gospel(Mark 1:14~20) is how Jesus called Simon, Andrew, James and John while they were by the shore mending their fishing nets. Jesus called them to come after Him to do the extraordinary~ being fishers of men, but He calls them while they are going about their ordinary routine of daily life.
I believe Jesus does the same with each of us. He calls us out of the ordinary~ness of our daily lives to come after Him, to follow Him. Where He leads is never ordinary and we find ourselves doing the extraordinary, things we never imagined we could or would do.
Being called out of the ordinary is possible only because of Jesus' invitation to us to follow Him. If and when we accept this invitation from the Master we will find the extraordinary. When we accept His invitation to come after Him, nothing is ever the same again.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for Your invitation to follow You. Give me the courage to take Your hand to go wherever You may lead me. May I trust You implicitly in everything. May I always anticipate the extraordinary in living life in and with You.


Patricia said...

Good reflection, Karin. It always amazes me how they actually did drop their nets and follow right after Jesus. He must have made quite an mpression! : )

Have a glorious Sunday!

Michael said...

Loved this! I had never thought about the fact that they were just going about their ordinary day.

It just goes to show you we must be ready at any point of our day - routine or not - to answer His call.

God Bless you.

Karinann said...

Thanks Patricia and Michael. Glad you were both able to take something from the Gospel and this reflection.
Blessings to you both.

Colleen said...

When He calls us, nothing is ever the same again. Amen! Thanks for this beautiful reflection. Hugs and blessings!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.