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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Lectionary: 68
Read the Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Gospel Summary
Jesus called two sets of brothers to be his disciples. First he called Andrew and his brother Simon. He then came upon James and John who left their father and their boat to follow Jesus. The summon of Jesus had to have been inviting beyond doubt, because these four men immediately left their means of livelihood and families to follow a dynamic, but unknown leader.

Reflection for Families
The faith and trust of these early disciples is hard to imagine. Everything Andrew, Peter, James, and John had known disappeared as they began a new way of living found in their company with Jesus. We often see these dramatic conversions among candidates in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and the Children's Catechumenate. Something may have happened recently in a person's life that brought them to the point of conversion. It is important that you help your family, along with the entire Christian family, to affirm and support these folks in the months ahead.

Bringing the Gospel into Your Family
The fishermen were busy going about their business of fishing and earning a living. Still, something in their busyness caused them to not only stop their work and listen to Jesus, but drop what they were doing and follow him. We all live very busy lives today, too. Stop to consider where you hear Jesus' call in your busy day. Share these moments with one another and explain how you did (or didn't) respond to the call. Offer support to one another as you work to better answer Jesus' call in the future.

Discussion Starters
1. A life-changing call for me that came from Jesus happened when...
2. Like the first fishermen, I am a gatherer of people for Jesus when...
3. Jesus called more than one disciple at time. It also helps me to be called with others because...

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