Today's Gospel reading is Matthew 4:12-23. In this Scripture reading, Matthew shares the beginning of the Lord's ministry and how Jesus called the first apostles: Simon Peter, his brother, Andrew, and James and John the sons of Zebedee. The two sets of brothers leave everything and follow Jesus. When I first read this text, I struggled and thought as a stay-at-home Mom of young children "What is Jesus calling me to do?"
In his essay, Msgr. Pope explains the Greek word used here for repent is "metanoeite", which can be translated into "to turn one's life around" or "come to a new mind or a new way of thinking". How appropriate, I thought, in this season of beginnings, as I resolved to balance my life to reflect the priorities of my Family Mission statement.
Yet, as there is an acknowledgment that change must occur, there is also hope. The second line of Jesus' message is "the kingdom of heaven is at hand". Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Light, has come down from heaven. The kingdom is God is here, now, and available to me if I repent and believe.
Tomorrow is the March for Life in Washington, DC. Please pray with me for the safety of all those particpating in the March including my husband and many members of our church community. Please also pray with me for the end of abortion.