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Reading I: Jonah 3:1-5, 10
Responsorial Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Gospel: Mark 1:14-20

Christ, let us not cling  to this world.
(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Mark 1:14-20

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

Jesus called
Simon and Andrew,
fishermen.

It
 was
 radical.

They dropped their nets.
James and John left their boats,
and also their father,
who was sitting
in a boat
too.

Jesus,
we know
that you are
calling us
also,

(as unlikely a choice as were the fishermen),

to take your word and grace
to everyone.

 We want to leave our boats
and drop our nets.
 Choose us,
please.


THE FIRST READING

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

The word of the Lord came to Jonah. … So Jonah made ready
and went to Nineveh, according to the Lord’s bidding.

When God called him,
Jonah at first
 ran away.

God calls us
to turn to
him
instead
of running away.

Lord,

when we think we have turned
 as far and as often
 as we can,

help us turn
again.


THE SECOND READING
1 Corinthians 7:29-31

I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out.

Yes,
time flies.
–At warp speed.   

Christ, let us not cling
 to this world.  

Help us detach 
from  

everything  

but   

 love.  

Anne Osdieck
Art by Martin (Steve) Erspamer, OSB
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