Father Ed’s Reflection
January 26, 2020
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time A
Fr. Ed Smith
Isaiah 8:23-9:3; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23
Christianity has been around for nearly 2,000 years, and so it is not always easy for us to imagine what it was like at the beginning, and the urgency with which it was first conveyed to the first disciples. Consider what it must have been like to encounter Jesus face-to-face, and how powerful the experience must have been. Two sentences in the Gospel for this weekend illustrate this reality: “At once they left their nets and followed Him” and “Immediately they left their boat and their father and followed Him.” What happened there to provoke such dramatic responses? The most accurate answer is also the simplest one: Those fishermen were touched so deeply in their souls by being close to Jesus that they were willing to change their lives instantly. Now, centuries later, we too can have a sense of what they experienced, because it is that same Jesus who touches our hearts with perfect love, heals our wounds with gentle care, and transforms our lives with His call to follow Him. In today’s Gospel, Jesus proclaims clearly that “the kingdom of God is at hand.” All that was foreshadowed, all that was hoped for, all that was anticipated, is now a reality. Jesus is the culmination of everything good and holy that was awaited since the beginning of time. He is the ultimate fulfillment of our hopes and dreams. And so, all our questions about life are met with an answer from God which resounds far beyond all our expectations. This, my friends, is the “Good News” of Jesus that we Christians are so excited about, even after 2,000 years!