Calling of the Disciples: Moving and Making Friends | One-Minute Homily

Even Jesus sought out friends. Eric Immel, SJ, reminds us of the friendship that Jesus was calling the first disciples into in this week’s One-Minute Homily. Based on the readings for Sunday, January 26.

Moving stinks. Let’s be honest – Any transition can be uneasy, but one way through it: Make some new friends.

I’m Eric Immel, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.

Between the ages of 18 and 29, I moved to four different cities and lived in nine different houses. But, I always had friends to help. Moving means goodbye and hello – the old makes way for the new. Friends make the transition better.

In today’s gospel, Jesus needs a change, so he moves from Nazareth to Capernaum. Strolling along the beach in his new town, he meets four guys and calls out to them –  Peter, Andrew, James, and John. Just like that, the five are inextricably linked, and good things start to happen – healing and preaching and proclaiming the kingdom.

Whether you’re moving or just need a change, a new friend can be the difference. Jesus reminds us today that even he felt out of place at times, and needed friends to help him along. May we be open to that same newness and hope that with each new face, our lives may change for the better.

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