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Sunday Micro Retreat – January 21, 2024

Sunday Micro Retreat – January 21, 2024

As you begin your time of reflection, try to realize that you are standing on holy ground and in the presence of God, who wants to talk to you and listen to you.

Make the Sign of the Cross. The Holy Spirit is opening your heart and mind so the Word of God that you are about to read can flourish in you for God's glory. Pray that you continue to work with his grace. Let the words or your prayer flow from your mind through your heart. Try to "feel" what you are saying.

Is there anything you would like to ask God now? What graces does your heart desire?
Talk to God about it.

Today, we ask for the grace of discipleship.

Now read the Sunday's Gospel:
After John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As Jesus went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him. (Mark 1:14-20)


The Word of God touches everyone differently. If there is anything that really stood out for you in this reading, meditate on it. Go to the depths of your heart and listen to what God is trying to say to you.

Next, let's spend some time reflecting on the following points:

1.Response to the call
In what ways have you experienced a call from God in your life, and how have you responded to it? Does Simon and Andrew's immediate response resonate with your personal experiences?

2.Leaving behind
The disciples left their nets to follow Jesus. What might you need to 'leave behind' to more fully embrace your spiritual journey or calling?

3.Understanding the 'Kingdom of God'
Jesus began his ministry proclaiming the Kingdom of God. What does the 'Kingdom of God' mean to you, and how do you see yourself participating in it?

It is good to keep a personal journal where reflections that stood out for you are recorded.
The outcome of those Sunday Micro Retreats is good material that you can talk about in your spiritual direction.

Meditation with Mark 1:14-20

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