The Homily of Father Jose - January 17, 2021
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jesus’ Call to Discipleship
In today’s Gospel, we have an account of the vocation of the first four apostles who followed Jesus. It was an important event in the history of salvation and the beginning of a stream of vocations, which continues until the end of the world. He called all weak and sinful people to continue His ministry.
Christ chose this very human way, in order to make His church more acceptable to our limited
Jesus as God could deal directly with every human being on earth. He could teach the infallible truth; He could pardon sins; He could give all the graces needed to travel successfully to heaven.
We know that God can speak directly to our hearts. In the Old Testament, we know God called people and spoke to them.
In today’s first readings, we heard that God called Samuel. Some years ago, God called me to do His mission. I said “Here I am Lord to do Your will.” God is calling young people to do His mission. Many are not opening their hearts to God. So let us pray that young people may respond to the call of God. We have a shortage of priests and we need vocations. Without priests we have no sacraments.
“Lord God, open the hearts of our young people so that they may follow Your call. Send us more holy shepherds who may lead us to eternal happiness.”