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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus said, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.

Ponder for a moment on this question about one's spirituality by using the word "net" as a metaphor to describe your spiritual life.  "Are you on a new spiritual journey, leaving your net (personal detachments, both spiritual and material) behind, following Jesus?  Or are you needing to "mend your net," saying, "I have been working in the Lord's vineyard for a long time; torn is my net through many emotional battles"? The first question points to one who is beginning a new journey for the Lord. They drop everything, leaving their nets to follow Jesus.  The second question asks the wounded soldier in the Lord's vineyard do they need to mend their nets. Whichever spiritual state you may be in, know that Jesus asks us to follow him. In following Jesus, we are never separated from him regardless of our spiritual journey. St. Paul said, "I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Rm. 8:38-39). Other than prayer, what are some ways we can mend our nets when we are wounded? 

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