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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time -This year we read from Cycle B of the lectionary, primarily from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we hear Mark's
version of the call of the first disciples, Peter, Andrew,  James and John.  Last week we heard from John's account of the same call.  They are different in details because they are stylized to speak to the hearers of their time.  Mark emphasizes that Jesus began his ministry by calling simple fisherman to be his most trusted workers.  Although the twelve were hardly scholars or men wise in the ways of the world, Jesus saw beyond their gruff simplicity to call forth from their faith, simplicity and goodness.  As Marks' Gospel unfolds each Sunday this year, the first disciples will misunderstand, deny, and even desert Jesus.  But Jesus maintains his trust in them and uses them to spread the Good News.

January 22 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision known as "Roe vs. Wade" legalizing abortion in the United States.  In all dioceses of the United States, this day is observed as a day of penance  or violations to the dignity of the human person, and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee to the right to life from conception to natural death.  If you are not able to join in a public display of support for the right to life from conception to natural death, join then in a spirit of communion in prayer for the innocents and for God's mercy as we seek to renew all in Christ's love and life.  Further information can be found at the U.S. Catholic Conference website:  www.usccb.org

Peace and all good things,


Fr. JohnFr. John