CALL OF THE FISHERMEN
When Jesus called Peter and Andrew, James and John, the stage was being set for the twelve apostles to enter the story of salvation. How interesting that Jesus chose fishermen! In hindsight, and with the words of Jesus in mind – “From now on it’s men/people you will catch”, we might say, ‘How perfect!’
Were they theologians? Were they of the High-priestly line of the Levites? Were they local rich entrepreneurs? Not a bit of it. They were as ordinary as ordinary can possibly be – in fact as ordinary as me or you.
Not much has changed in 2,000 years. Jesus continues to ‘call’ disciples from ordinary backgrounds, including fishermen, factory workers, farmers, shopkeepers and the like, to be the ones entrusted with the “Good News” of salvation.
What do these disciples have in common? Openness, generosity, faith, love, a sense of adventure, and a willingness – in the words of the Star Trek preamble: ‘to boldly go where no man has gone before.’ We might even say they are prepared to go “where angels fear to tread”, because it is into the ‘unknown’ of the relationships between men / women and God Himself that they are asked to enter.
Peter and Andrew, James and John, didn’t have the slightest inkling of what lay before them when they ‘left everything’ to follow Jesus. But that special ‘something’ about Jesus, that magnetism beyond miracles and majestic words, triggered the desire to let go and follow.
In today’s fast-moving ever-changing environment of gadgets and gizmos desperately prone to superficiality, we may wonder if anyone could hear the Lord’s call. Jesus encouraged even the disciples and apostles of Galilee, “pray that the Lord of the harvest, may send labourers to his harvest.’
That responsibility of prayer for vocations lies squarely on the shoulders of every believer. Pray for vocations: “Who will light the candle for tomorrow?”
- TODAY IS ADORATION SUNDAY 10am–1pm. Benediction begins about 12.45pm, if priest available to conclude adoration.
- 8th Feb 12noon Pre-Lenten Dinner for priests of the region at St Mary’s.
10th February ASH WEDNESDAY
N.B. Day of Fasting & Abstinence
8.00am Mass of the Ashes
12noon Mass of the Ashes (School)
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm
* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm
* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass
Remember in Prayer
Fr Warren Mossfield, Brian O’Neill, Fr Baltrame, Betty Griffin, Laurie Talbot, Mary Hodgkin, Ray Currie, Pat Seymour, Ursula Bartlett, Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci.
MASS INTENTIONS 6th – 13th Feb
Sat 6th St Paul Miki & Companions
6.30pm (John, Jim & Kevin Hanrahan)
Sun 7th ADORATION SUNDAY – ST MARY’S
9.00am Mass (For all Parishioners)
9am Mass (Marlene Howard; Kath & Shirley)
9am M (Ryan & Lane; Presti & Borhi fms)
Wed 10th ASH WEDNESDAY
9am M 8.am (All lost & in need of conversion)
12noon M (All carrying crosses of suffering)
Thurs 11th Our Lady of Lourdes
11.40am Nov. & M. (CWL & parish deceased)
9am M (Carmel McLennan; Brown & Adriaensen fms)
9am M (Deceased Sisters, Brothers & Priests of Corowa parish)
6.30pm (John & Janina Palubiski)
LITURGY ROSTER for 13th – 14th Feb
6.30pm M Carter, M Skehan
9.00am Drum Family
6.30pm S Drum, I Brooks
9.00am B & E Christy
6.30pm M Skehan
9.00am R Taylor, B Christy
Altar: M Fitzgibbon
6.30pm L Hanrahan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm New Roster pending……
9.00am New Roster pending……
Collection: T. Moroney
Counters: Laurie & Nancy Hughes