Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Jan. 21, 2024

Reflection for Jan. 21, 2024

Consciously living the Gospel

Giving  ourselves to Jesus will require the time of our lives 

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

Our readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time are all about time. The prophet Jonah tells the people of Nineveh that they have 40 days to repent or the city will be destroyed. Paul tells us that “time is running out – the world in its present form is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:29, 31). In our Gospel, Jesus asks Simon, Andrew, James and John to follow him. They drop everything immediately, leave behind their livelihood and families, and follow Jesus.

What does all this mean for us today? Think about how the world we grew up in seems to be passing away – so much has changed. Time has moved swiftly. How often have we said, “There isn’t enough time in a day…” or “I don’t have time”? There is so much we cannot control. What we can do is make the best of the time we have. The people of Nineveh DID repent – and God blessed them. The followers of Jesus used their time to spread the Gospel of love and be with the one who could change the world.

  1. Can you take time to listen to someone who needs tender care or a helping hand?
  2. Can you have a “time out” during the day to reflect?
  3. How would you live your life if you knew time was running out?



01/19/2024 7:56 am

Great questions as I ask myself that everyday as a caregiver. Putting ourselves aside to help others is what life is all about. Jesus showed us how to do this. He blesses our acts of kindness.

Diann Wimmer
01/19/2024 1:46 pm

Thank you, Lynne Marie, for the thoughtful questions and for the "bold" word immediately. I find so many situations today call for an immediate response. We're in good company with the example of the people of Nineveh and with Simon and Andrew. Blessing always to you and your Community.

01/21/2024 3:23 am

"This is the time of fulfillment." [JESUS' first words in Sunday's gospel]

01/23/2024 5:51 pm

Thank You for the thoughtful words. Please let me know more about the Lenten Journey, when it will be and the time.

Thank You.


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