Sunday Scripture Reflection: Mark 1:14-20
Updated: Jan 26
On this Third Sunday after the day of Epiphany, we hear Jesus call his first four disciples: Simon, Andrew, James, and John. The story moves swiftly, with Jesus calling without delay and each of the fishermen saying "yes" immediately. However, we know from the Gospel stories, all those who followed Jesus had much to learn throughout their lives. We will explore what it means to say "yes" to Jesus, and what it means to live as followers of the Good News.
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Mark. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Mark 1:14-20).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
As we begin our Scripture reflection - think of a time in your life when you were invited or selected to do something that surprised you, or perhaps made you feel that you weren't ready for the task: why were you surprised you were selected; how did you respond; and what did you learn about yourself after this experience?
After reading through our Scripture lesson today (Jesus calls his first four disciples): reflect on how you would have felt in this story; and ask yourself what might compel you to leave your current work and place to follow Jesus, rather than simply being a member of the crowd as Jesus teaches, etc., and then go back to your existing life?
After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below: reflect on the difficulties of being a disciple with Jesus, and reflect, "why do you think the four fisherman followed?"
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the statement that being called to join Jesus' mission of love and mercy is "not a private salvation but a public vocation..." - what does this statement mean for your life and your relationship with Jesus?
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the meaning of the last sentence in your life: "Becoming a faithful Christian disciple takes both a moment and a lifetime."