Holy Cross Catholic Church
The Pastor' Note
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15, 17-20
Gospel: John 1:35-42

The Call to Serve

In today's Gospel, Peter and Andrew were quite content with their careers as fishermen on the Sea of Galilee. They were not looking for any career changes. But Jesus came along and called them to serve the community. Jesus called them to pursue something more important than their careers. He called them to serve a higher goal: the goal of building up the community of faith which He called the Kingdom of God.

Jesus said to them, "Follow me." And he took them to see the poor and the rich, the healthy and the sick, and the leaders and the outcasts. Jesus said to Peter and Andrew, "Help me to pull all of these people together into one family. Help me to make it perfectly clear to the world that everyone belongs to God's family."

Peter and Andrew said "Yes" to that call and it meant a big sacrifice. They had to leave behind their careers and everything that they loved to do. But with a cheerful disposition and a willing spirit, they said Yes when Jesus called them to serve the common good.

We are called to be modern day disciples and that means that we are called to serve the common good. How? By advocating for the human family. We call everyone to respect the life and dignity of each person. We intentionally maintain solidarity with the poor. We call upon our leaders to change unjust social structures and to do what is necessary to protect family life in today's world.

Fr. Jerry Schik, o.s.c.

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