Today’s Gospel reading tells the story of the call of the first disciples of Jesus.
It’s interesting how the disciples responded when Jesus called them. When Andrew was called by Jesus and became His follower, Andrew responded by telling his brother Simon about Jesus.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus. He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). — Mark 1:40-41
Hearing God’s call demands a response. When God works miracles in our lives, when He strengthens us, when He gives us peace, when He encourages us, we need to respond.
This response is faith and truly living a life of faith.
When God calls us, we are called to believe in the love of our Father. We are called to trust in His goodness, mercy, and fatherly love. We are called to believe in Jesus Christ, the One who reintroduced God to us as our Father and showed us the way to eternal life with the Father. We are called to believe in the Holy Spirit which God sends us to give us strength, wisdom, peace, and understanding.
But, we are also called to live a life of faith. To follow Him completely. To share Christ to others like Andrew did. To encourage, strengthen, and give them hope and purpose through Christ and in Christ. To be gentle. To be loving. To be forgiving. To be merciful. To be charitable. To truly live like Jesus did.
Today, let us ask God for the gift of faith. Let us also ask Him for the strength, the courage, and the opportunity to do corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Today, let us respond to God’s call.
P.S. So you will never forget to respond to God’s call, it helps to write a prayer to God asking Him for the strength, the courage, the joy, and the opportunity to do works of mercy and keep it where you can always see it. I have just written mine. Let’s do them together.