Third Sunday in Ordinary Time - B - January 24, 2021
Jonah was called by God to preach to the people of Nineveh. He obeyed God's command, yet didn't believe it would have any effect. Surprise! Like Jonah, we need to without judgement of others and get to work serving others.
1 The word of YHWH came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I give you."
3 So Jonah arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of YHWH. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey across. 4 Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried out, and said, "In forty days, Nineveh will be overthrown!"
5 The people of Nineveh believed God; and they proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from their greatest even to their least.
10 God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way. God relented of the disaster which he said he would do to them, and he didn't do it.
25 praised God for his mercy and kindness, yet was the hymn of the humble. Despite the sins of the author, he leans on the Lord for forgiveness and compassion.
1 To you, YHWH, do I lift up my soul.
2 My God, I have trusted in you.
Don't let me be shamed.
Don't let my enemies triumph over me.
3 Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.
They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
4 Show me your ways, YHWH.
Teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation,
I wait for you all day long.
6 YHWH, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,
for they are from old times.
7 Don't remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.
Remember me according to your loving kindness,
for your goodness' sake, YHWH.
8 Good and upright is YHWH,
therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
9 He will guide the humble in justice.
He will teach the humble his way.
10 All the paths of YHWH are loving kindness and truth
to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name's sake, YHWH,
pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 What man is he who fears YHWH?
He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
13 His soul shall dwell at ease.
His seed shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship of YHWH is with those who fear him.
He will show them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever on YHWH,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 Turn to me, and have mercy on me,
for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged.
Oh bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my travail.
Forgive all my sins.
19 Consider my enemies, for they are many.
They hate me with cruel hatred.
20 Oh keep my soul, and deliver me.
Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22 Redeem Israel, God,
out all of his troubles.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
How do we survive in an every changing world? In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul addressed that issue. Yes, he did speak of marriage in the context, but we must remember that he pointed to the only thing that is permanent: divine providence.
29 Jesus will soon return! From now on, we should live like he is already here. Married people should focus on more than each other. 30 Sad people should not merely be concerned with their sadness. Happy people should look beyond their happiness. Everyone should not be so concerned how they make or spend money. 31 Even though we make use of the opportunities the world give us, we should not obsess over them. For the ways of the world will soon be gone.
29 But this I say, brothers; the right time is drawn near. From this moment on, those having wives should be as not having, 30 those crying as not crying, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not possessing, 31 those making use of the world as not making full use of (it). For the shape of this world is passing away.
In Mark's , Jesus called four fishermen as his first followers. They gave up all for him. Jesus calls us every day to follow him. How do we respond? Are we willing to give up all for him?
14 After the arrest of John the Baptist, Jesus returned to Galilee and proclaimed the Good News of God. 15 "The time is right for God's Kingdom to appear," Jesus announced. "Turn you life around and believe in God's message to you."
16 As he traveled along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw Simon and his brother, Andrew, at work fishing. 17 "Follow me," Jesus called out to them, "and I will teach you to catch people." 18 They set their work aside at that moment and followed Jesus.
19 Jesus walked a little farther when he saw Jacob and John, his brother, working on some fishing nets in a boat. Both were the sons of a man named "Zebedee." 20 Jesus called them at that moment. They left their father in the boat with his other workers and followed Jesus.
14 But, after John was arrested, JESUS came into Galilee proclaiming the Good News of God, 15 and saying, "The moment has been fulfilled and the Kingdom of God comes near. Repent and believe in the Good News."
16 Traveling along the Sea of Galilee, HE saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, throwing nets into the sea. For, they were fishermen. 17 Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18 And immediately having set aside (their) nets, they followed HIM. 19 And having gone a little farther, HE saw Jacob, (son) of Zebedee, and John his brother, (while) they, in the boat, mended the nets. 20 And, immediately, HE called them. And having left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, they followed HIM.