In the first reading the people of Nineveh turned away from their evil ways after hearing the message of the prophet Jonah, and the Lord did not destroy their city. We, as disciples of Christ, must accept the fact that we are far from perfect; and we must exercise continuous repentance for our transgressions. The bible says that a righteous man sins seven times a day (Prv 24:16). We should regularly ask for absolution and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The second order was taken from the call Jesus made to the Peter, Andrew, James and John. They were fishermen living within the confined area of the Sea of Galilee. The tools of their trade were their boats and their nets. The fruit of their trade was the fish that they caught and the money they received for selling the fish. They had every reason to believe that this would always be their way of life, until the day Jesus called them to follow Him. They left their boats, nets and family to become disciples of the Master.
The call that Jesus addressed to those two sets of brothers, “Follow me,” is addressed to each one of us. In our case that call may not mean leaving our jobs, if we are fortunate enough to have one, or much less, leaving our families. Yet the call of Jesus to follow Him will always involve giving up something. Just like the first disciples, we too must give up our old ways, leaving behind our old life of darkness and sin. When we let go, the Lord fills the void by opening up new horizons, a new way and a new beginning. His call comes with new challenges and trials in your journey, but He will equip you for the work that you are doing for His kingdom.
Like the first disciples, who were confined to the borders of the Sea of Galilee, our world was limited to family and work. But when we encountered Jesus over 20 years ago here in BLD, our eyes were opened to the need for evangelization and the vastness of the harvest. We were blessed to be able to help spread His kingdom in the establishment of different BLD communities around the United States. We were graced to work with other parishes and nationalities in forming their own faith groups. We never envisioned that we would get involved as laborers in His vineyard, but now we know that it is all part of His divine plan.