Homily for Monday of the 1st Week in Ordinary Time Cycle II
Theme: Call for Change.
By: Fr. Gerald M. Musa
Homily for Monday January 10 2022
Jesus began his public ministry by asking people to change their hearts and calling a few others to change their work. It was all about change. He said, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance involves total conversion from one style of life to another. It is gradual and life-time process. Repentance is not just about turning away from past sins, but also repenting from wicked plans. An anonymous writer says, “It is much easier to repent of sins that we have already committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.” Change of heart (repentance) is good news because it leads to happiness. In addition to preaching about change of heart, Jesus also called some men to change their roles. He said to them, “Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men” (Mark 1:17). Simon and Andrew left their nets immediately and followed him; James and John left their father in the boat with the hired servants and followed him immediately. Jesus chose ordinary people who were busy, humble, willing, ready, available, and able. He chose ordinary people who could connect with those who are poor in spirit. You and I are also called to proclaim the good news. How willing and ready are we to respond to the call of Jesus for a change of heart and for participation in missionary
Mark 1:14-20; Monday, 1″Week of the Year.