Breakfast With the Word Monday First Week Ordinary Time of the Year C
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To come after someone means to look for someone or to find someone. An online dictionary says it means to follow someone sequentially. So, It indicates to be in order, be in the same line and follow the way of the person.
Today’s gospel narrates how Jesus calls some of His apostles. When Jesus met them, He says to them “come after me”.
When He tells the apostles today to follow or come after Him, it goes beyond just following Him around. It is a call for an intimate relationship. Therefore, to come after Him involves a way of being in the same line with Him, doing what He is doing and living like Him.
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What Jesus wants.
“The Kingdom of God is at hand” has been the preaching since the time of John the baptist.
So, when John the Baptist was arrested, Jesus continued this. The Good News is that with Jesus, the Kingdom of God is already here. God now wants to reign in our hearts and in everything we do through Jesus.
This Kingdom hence demands our response. While preaching, Jesus also reveals how we are going to respond to this invitation.
He says; repent and then believe in the gospel. To repent is to change from our sinful ways to a life fruitful to God. Then, believing in the gospel indicates acceptance, trust, and confidence in the good news.
Therefore, this is believing that whatever Jesus says is true and certain and demands total obedience. A life that comes after Jesus is a life that takes Him as His model, counsellor and mentor.
So, to come after Him is the decision to allow His words to become our guide. It is the resolution to change from whatever that does not give God glory.
As Jesus Calls
As Jesus comes to the world to bring us close to God, He seeks people who are willing to take up this task after His ministry on earth.
Today, He calls some apostles like Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John with the sole injunction to become fishers of men.
They were once fishermen, but now they are going to be fishers of men. Hence, Jesus is transforming them into men who are going to be instruments of His kingdom.
As He calls them today, He also calls each one of us. He needs people who are willing to come after Him and work for Him. The world needs people whose lives and words can change and transform lives.
So, this is the time we need people who are going to bring souls back to God and not away from God.
When we are certain that we are true followers of Jesus, then our lives will be like a light to people who come in contact with us.
Instead of being instruments of hatred, immorality, wickedness, division etc, we become instruments of love, peace, unity, righteousness and progress. Jesus wants us to come after Him and become living witnesses of the gospel.
Therefore, to come after Jesus is a call to imitate Him. It is a call to work the way He works. Therefore, to come after Him means we have to be humble like Him, love like Him and Forgive like Him. Also, to come after Jesus is to live a life that touches souls. Let us make effort to come after Jesus.
Like the apostles who were called by Jesus, the call to come after Jesus demands immediate response.
None of the apostles today postponed the day he will follow Him. Immediately He calls them, they responded immediately.
Like the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus wants us to always say yes to him.
The yes of the apostles was enough to change their status from fishermen to fishers of men.
Their meeting with Him and their yes to Him are the secrets of their total transformation.
We meet Jesus Daily.
We meet Jesus every day. In essence, we encounter Him in the word, Blessed Sacrament, Holy Eucharist, day to day living, divine inspiration etc. But the problem is that instead of saying yes to Him, we often hear His word and go home the way we come.
We give God a No answer always. We listen and continue from where we stopped. Therefore, Let us be ready to respond positively to Him.
So, to come after Him demands true acceptance and obedience to His word.
May God help us to decide to come after Him and allow Him to take control of everything we do. May His presence be with us today. Amen.
Amen and amen
Lord Jesus Christ please make me an instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring love
Give me the grace to say yes to all your calls Lord Jesus Amen
I receive the grace to respond positively to call of Christ whenever I encounter Him daily through his word, divine inspiration, Blessed Sacrament, Holy Eucharist, day to day living.
God help me to follow you without a doubt
Oh Lord help me to follow you all the days of my life. 🙏🙏🙏
Amen. Thank you padre.
We pray for the grace to hear and harken to his call. May we find the grace to soften our hardened heart.
Amen, Lord Jesus, make me sensitive to your call to enable me follow you immediately n always. Amen
Lord I need your grace, mercy and favor in my life everyday in Jesus name I ask amen
May God help us to answer his call, Amen
Amen ,may God gives us grace to fellow Jesus Christ without any reserve so that we be totally transform in our lives in Jesus name amen.
Amen. Happy new year Padre
Amen and Amen, thank you fr.
Lord help me to answer your call
More unction to function Padre. Father Lord please give us the grace to be a good followers of yours and also a fishers of men
Amen, thanks Fr.
Amen… May God help us to always say yes to Him and follow Him
Thank you Fr
Amen, God help to always say YES to you
My God please take charge of my being and my family today and forever, may You make us an instrument of your peace Amen
Amen!!! I pray for the grace to respond to Jesus’ call and accept the gospel wholeheartedly. Amen
Lord Jesus may your words abide. With me
Amen. God please help us all. Amen.
Amen. Thank you Padré
Oh Lord, give me the grace to decide to come after you in Jesus name, Amen
Ancient of Days,l am always available to work with you.Please, equipped me with the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to do the work perfectly.. Father,May God Almighty Continually to give you More Grace, More Anointing, More Wisdom, also Strengthen you the more.Stay Lifted… Thanks and God bless you.
Ancient of Days,l am always available to work with you.Please, I need the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to do the work perfectly.. Father,May God Almighty Continually to give you More Grace, More Anointing, More Wisdom, also Strengthen you the more.Stay Lifted… Thanks and God bless you.
Dear Jesus, please grant me the grace to always respond positively to your call.
Ancient of Days,l am available to work with you.Please, I need the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to do the work perfectly.. Father,May God Almighty Continually to give you More Grace, and More Anoining.Stay Lifted… Thanks and God bless you.
Ancient of Days,l am available.Please, I need the Fruit of the Holy Spirit to do the work perfectly.. Father,May God Almighty Continually to give you More Grace, and More Anoining.Stay Lifted… Thanks and God bless you.
Amen, merciful Father in ur own terms pls make me a useful instrument to ur kingdom. God bless you Padre for sharing
Ok Lord,help me not to say No to your calling
Let me obey and not give excuses to your work. Amen
Lord, let Your light shine on us and grant us Your saving help🙏
Thank you Padre, God bless you richly 🙏🙏🙏🙏
It’s always easy to say Yes to him but no always easy to practicalize the Yes in our way of life. May God give us the grace to practice the Yes and come after him and stay with him in all we dk. Amen
Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏
Oh Lord may I follow ur ways as I come after you
Amen!!! Lord let your light guide me and may your light that reflects in me guide people around me. Amen!!!
Amen,we pray for his grace of doing his will and not to depart from him or led astray.God bless you more Fr
Amen,God bless you more Fr
God’s presence brings light, joy and happiness to our lives, homes and endeavours.
May we always follow You Oh Lord without excuses and complaints, I pray Oh Lord, Amen 🙏
May we always live a life worthy of emulation. Let our behavior attract more souls to Christ Jesus. Let us be fishers of men. Amen
Amen! Thank you Father for your prayers.
Amen. Thank You Jesus.
Amen 🙏 God give us the grace to always say yes whenever we are called .
Amen! Lord,Jesus, grant me the trust and confidence I need to be able to come after You as I ought. May You transform my life such that I’ll always be disposed to become Your instrument; to be used as freely as You will. Amen! Thanks dear Padre.
Amen. Thanks father
Amen, I pray that as I have heard your word today that the grace to apply it to my life will be made available
Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you Fr for the msg.
Amen Lord we always pray for your grace to accept what is good and do your well always amen.