SNOW NEWS -- As a result of the January 27 2015 blizzard all activities at St. Thomas More Parish, Braintree, MA on Tuesday (1/27) and Wednesday (1/28) including daily 9 AM Mass and the Family Faith Formation session scheduled for Tuesday January 27, 2015 are cancelled.
Please note that we will be in touch by email and posting information on the parish website regarding the rescheduling/make-up of this first session. We have a full house scheduled for the Thursday session so there would not be any room for the Tuesday session families to attend Thursday's session. Thank you for working with us as we deal with this weather emergency.
Please be safe in the upcoming storm and check on those you know may be in need. Please watch this webpage for updates as the storm progresses.
In God's blessing, Fr. Sean and Staff
3rd Week in Ordinary Time; Mark 1:14-20. The Call of the Disciples
Jesus calls the disciples in a manner that should be very familiar to them, and simply put, in a way that every prophet and servant throughout salvation history has received his or her call. Jesus tells them that they are called and their response is to follow the Lord because God has called them. “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they abandoned their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him. . .
As we have seen announced in the Gospel over the past two weeks, Jesus has been revealed as God’s Son. As the prophet and “the voice of one crying out in the desert” John the Baptist has announced God’s message and prepared for Him disciples. The prophet has made them ready to hear the Word. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.” And through this proclamation they have heard God’s voice, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Mk1:9) . . . The response to this divine call is simple--get up and follow. Even the secular world gets this simple, yet profound action response to the call. . . . In the midst of the learned men of Israel, Jesus calls some rustic and common men to be the ones to whom He would reveal Himself and make ministers of His Divine Grace. . .It is interesting to reflect back to the call of the prophets, on whom God calls and for what divine task or mission He calls them. If we look at a few key figures in Salvation history, we see that God often calls for the most beautiful task the most unexpected people, those people whom the world sees as the simplest, useless or unlearned. . . . Saint Paul brings the divine call to all the faithful, to all those who believe and are made one with the Lord in baptism and called to follow Him. “Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption so that, as it is written, “Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.” (1Cor 1:27) . . . You and I have been given a name and a call from the womb. We have each been called by name to discipleship in Christ Jesus. In response to that call, you and I have promised to follow the Lord. We have been anointed and given a unique dignity as God’s children. Pray that we get up at the start of each day, and at every fall during that day, and follow Him. He will put the words into our mouths, humble us in His sight, and use us to build up and to plant for His glory. In His peace, Fr. Sean USE THIS LINK FOR FULL MESSAGE
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