Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
(Hebrews 1:1-6; Mark 1:14-20)
A watershed is a mound of dirt that has been built up to stop water from running off the land. It conserves water for the dry season. To speak of a “watershed moment” is to see a past event as decisive in shaping history. Like water conservation such an event has repercussions for a long time afterwards. Today’s gospel describes a watershed moment in salvation history.
Jesus emphatically proclaims the beginning of God’s rule. “’The Kingdom of God is at hand,’” he says. John, the precursor, has completed his mission. Now Jesus will carry out the project of humanity’s return to the goodness of the Garden of Eden. He will need helpers and calls on robust and resourceful fishermen. Although it means starting a new career, they cannot resist Jesus’ magnetic personality. They leave not just boats and nets but their families to join him in this world-changing endeavor.
We should see ourselves making the same kind of critical choice. We may not be at a point to change careers, but always there is need to improve our behavior. We may have to show kindness to people we tend to ignore at work. Or perhaps we have to leave behind unhealthy habits like smoking and squandering time on the Internet. We certainly want to join Peter, Andrew, James and John in assisting Jesus establish the Kingdom of God.