Fr. Sanctus Mario
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To come After Jesus:Monday First Week Ordinary Time of the Year C

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Breakfast With the Word Monday First Week Ordinary Time of the Year C

 

 Mark 1:14-20

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 The Demands.

 

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.

 

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77 Comments
  1. tony chukwudozie says

    Amen and amen

    1. Venarenda chisom says

      Lord Jesus Christ please make me an instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring love

  2. Blessing Chilo says

    Give me the grace to say yes to all your calls Lord Jesus Amen

    1. Jane says

      Amen…

  3. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says

    Amen

  4. Henry says

    Amen

  5. Ibeawuchi Ugochi says

    Amen

  6. Margaretmary Azegbeobor says

    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.

    1. Oduofor onuoha says

      God help me to follow you without a doubt

  7. Ofoma Onyedikachi says

    Oh Lord help me to follow you all the days of my life. 🙏🙏🙏

  8. Mailoushi James says

    Amen

  9. Emmanuel ChimezieChidoka says

    Amen. Thank you padre.

  10. Eze, Blessing Chinasa says

    Amen

  11. Ijeoma Ugorji says

    We pray for the grace to hear and harken to his call. May we find the grace to soften our hardened heart.
    Amen.

  12. Mercy E Johnny says

    Amen, Lord Jesus, make me sensitive to your call to enable me follow you immediately n always. Amen

  13. Sis Lois Blessing Paul says

    Amen

  14. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen
    Lord I need your grace, mercy and favor in my life everyday in Jesus name I ask amen

  15. Okoro Kingsley Akachukwu says

    May God help us to answer his call, Amen

    1. Amalu Gloria says

      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.

  16. Nonye Maduka says

    Amen. Happy new year Padre

  17. Blessing Iortsugh says

    Amen and Amen, thank you fr.

  18. Joy says

    Amen

  19. Nwoye Ngozi says

    Amen

  20. Otokpa Elijah says

    Lord help me to answer your call

  21. Gloria Azuka Obiora says

    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

  22. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, thanks Fr.

  23. Ogwa Oluchi Rose says

    Amen… May God help us to always say yes to Him and follow Him

  24. Kaycee Omeke says

    Amen
    Thank you Fr

  25. Adesanya Ayodeji Mary says

    Amen

  26. Eluwa Chidinma Janefrances says

    Amen, God help to always say YES to you

  27. Mrs Nora Nkoli Anabiri says

    Amennnnnnn

  28. Adeline Chidimma says

    My God please take charge of my being and my family today and forever, may You make us an instrument of your peace Amen

  29. Precious says

    Amen!!! I pray for the grace to respond to Jesus’ call and accept the gospel wholeheartedly. Amen

  30. Chibuzor says

    Lord Jesus may your words abide. With me

  31. Sheila says

    Amen

  32. Anyiam Cornelia says

    Amen.

  33. Joy Chidiogo Ikeoha says

    Amen. God please help us all. Amen.

  34. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

    1. Okwuchi Juliet says

      Amen

  35. Rosemary Umeze says

    Amen. Thank you Padré

  36. Ifeoma Ugwueze says

    Amen
    Oh Lord, give me the grace to decide to come after you in Jesus name, Amen

  37. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen.

  38. Onukwugha Florence says

    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.

  39. Onukwugha Florence says

    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.

  40. Ada Ndubuisi says

    Dear Jesus, please grant me the grace to always respond positively to your call.

    Amen

  41. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen

  42. Onukwugha Florence says

    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.

  43. Onukwugha Florence says

    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.

  44. Maureen says

    Amen, merciful Father in ur own terms pls make me a useful instrument to ur kingdom. God bless you Padre for sharing

    1. Stella Ekwemalor says

      Amen
      Ok Lord,help me not to say No to your calling
      Let me obey and not give excuses to your work. Amen

  45. Helen says

    Lord, let Your light shine on us and grant us Your saving help🙏

    Thank you Padre, God bless you richly 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  46. Peter Anthony Dodoh says

    Amen

  47. UGWOKE OSCAR CHUKWUEMEKA says

    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

  48. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you 🙏

  49. Harriet says

    Oh Lord may I follow ur ways as I come after you

  50. Amara Beluonwu says

    Amen!!! Lord let your light guide me and may your light that reflects in me guide people around me. Amen!!!

  51. Maryann obiano says

    Amen,we pray for his grace of doing his will and not to depart from him or led astray.God bless you more Fr

  52. Maryann obiano says

    Amen,God bless you more Fr

  53. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

    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 🙏

  54. Mbama Christiana says

    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

    1. OJIOGBU JACINTA says

      Amen

  55. Ugwu Obianuju says

    Amen

  56. Nwabueze chioma says

    Amen

  57. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Father for your prayers.

  58. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says

    Amen

  59. Ibeawuchi Monica says

    Amen

  60. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  61. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    Amen.

  62. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen. Thank You Jesus.

  63. Ezeagu Anuli says

    Amen 🙏 God give us the grace to always say yes whenever we are called .

  64. Gabriel-Martin says

    Amen Fr.

  65. Eme Cecilia says

    Amen

  66. Dr Chinwe Agwoile says

    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.

  67. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  68. Igwe Lilian says

    Amen, I pray that as I have heard your word today that the grace to apply it to my life will be made available

  69. Carmela U. E. says

    Amen! & Amen! Thanks & God bless you Fr for the msg.

  70. Christian says

    Amen Lord we always pray for your grace to accept what is good and do your well always amen.

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