Monday, January 27, 2020

What does saying Yes require? (Ellie Hidalgo)


  And now, in this new moment in time, Jesus invites them to leave this work to learn a different kind of fishing.  Yes, No, or Not Yet?  So what does saying Yes require?  For one, it requires a certain amount of trust in Jesus to take the risk of being vulnerable and leaving their nets in order to go into something that is unknown. It would also take what I like to call holy curiosity – the grace to respond to God’s invitation because you’re curious to see where God will lead you next.  And what God might accomplish through you.

--Ellie Hidalgo, Catholic Women Preach

Image source: James Tissot, The Calling of St. Peter and St. Andrew, Brooklyn Museum (1886-1894), https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/4458.  See also https://www.raydowning.com/blog/2016/6/3/jesus-calls-his-first-disciples for more illustrations of the call.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jesus meets them where they are (Fr. James Martin)


  How could the first disciples drop everything so quickly and follow Jesus?

  [N]otice how he meets the disciples.  Because how Jesus meets them tells us something about how God meets us.  Basically, he meets them where they are…

 Jesus does this over and over in the Gospels, meeting people where they are, bending down to talk to them, embracing them, forgiving them their sins.  Giving them just what they need at that moment.  And speaking to them in the language of the everyday lives of the people of that time:  talking to them about birds and seeds and wheat and weeds.  Or in this case speaking about fishing to fishermen.  Our experiences of God are tailored to us.  God meets us where we are, and speaks to using a language that we can understand.

--Fr. James Martin, Facebook, January 21, 2018


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Light precedes every transition (Teresa Tsalaky)


  Light precedes every transition.  Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.

--Teresa Tsalaky