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Today’s Gospel tells us little about the background of these fishermen, their work, and their families. In today’s Gospel, we are simply told that James and John left their father, Zebedee, in the boat and followed Jesus. Perhaps the message for us today is to balance the radical call to be a follower of Jesus with the challenge to be “fishers of men” even within our own families. Creating this balance may require that we change some of the priorities of our own family life. As a family, detail the activities of a typical day. Discuss together what priorities are reflected in this daily schedule. How does your family respond when your daily plans are interrupted or must be changed? Ask: Does our family schedule give evidence that we put God first in our family life? What might we do to better reflect that God is our priority? Pray together that your family will always give evidence that God comes first in your family life. Pray today’s Psalm or the Lord’s Prayer.

A Year of Coming to Know God     Spreading the Gospel Story

The last thing Jesus commanded us to do before Ascending into Heaven was a) to spread the Gospel and b) baptize. We’ll talk more about Baptism in just a moment, but let’s take a moment now and ask, “Why is it so important to spread the Gospel” (= evangelize)? Jesus is the only bridge between us and our eternal happiness, He’s the only way to know what it means to fully be human, He’s the only way to know how much we are loved by God, and how to live fully in love. If you know all this, how can you keep it to yourself? Wouldn’t it be unspeakably selfish not to try and share it?

Events this week:

  • January 22- Kindergarten Faith Club, Family of Faith, EDGE, 9:30am, St. Mary’s OR Family of Faith, 9:30am St. Patrick’s Cato
  • 23- Confirmation Year 1 & 2, 6:30pm, St. Francis Church
  • 25- RCIA/Adult Faith Formation, 6:30pm, St. John Bosco Faith Formation Center 
  • 26- Bible Study, 11:00am, Nacca Hall OR 6:30pm, St. Mary’s Hall

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