3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Published on 15 Jan 2018
A fishing boat upon a shore

Follow me!

Almighty ever-living God

direct our actions according to your good pleasure,

that in the name of your beloved Son

we may abound in good works. Amen.

In the weeks following Christmas, we have been invited to reflect on Jesus’s call, beginning with him being drawn out of the waters of baptism and into his missionary life. This week (in Mark’s Gospel) we see the fishermen – Peter, Andrew, James and John – respond immediately to that same call. They are drawn from the waters by Jesus to become fishers of people.

The First Reading tells of the second call of Jonah, who initially refuses the Lord’s request, and tries to run away. Then, in a humorous reversal of fishing logic, Jonah is caught by an obedient fish. The Lord continues to be with him, however, for, at the command of the Lord, Jonah is saved from the water and is empowered to respond to the Word.

In the Second Reading, St Paul urges the Church at Corinth that nothing should be allowed to interfere with their obedience to the Word. He says that time is short and that everything, from domestic to international affairs, should be seen from the context of Christ.

There is much calling to which we are invited to respond. As with Jonah and the first disciples, we are called by the same voice, inviting us to take steps on the path toward that which is good and true.

Today’s Psalm also offers a simple, initial response for both new and not-so-new disciples alike. It is a good prayer for the coming week:

‘Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths.’

Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Psalm
Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Gospel
I am the light of the world, says the Lord; the one who follows me will have the light of life. Gospel
All-powerful and ever-living God,

direct your love that is within us,

that our efforts in the name of your Son

may bring mankind to unity and peace. Old Opening Prayer
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Jonah 3: 1–5. 10; Ps. 24 (25): 4–9; 1 Cor. 7: 29–31; Mark 1: 14–20