This Sunday, as Catholic Schools Week begins, we hear Jesus preach “the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” and that Saints Peter, Andrew, James and John leave their nets, their livelihood as fishermen, to follow Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:12-23). Jesus’ invitation to follow Him was direct and simple, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” From the Scriptures, we get little hint about where they were going or exactly what was in store for them. The only promise from Jesus at that point was “I will make you fishers of men.” Nonetheless, the brothers didn’t hesitate. Only one thing mattered – to follow Jesus Christ, the Only Savior of the world. Like the apostles, by God’s grace, we at Saint Clement Catholic School are striving to follow Him and to teach all the children the infinite value of following Jesus Christ, of being His disciples.
The call of the apostles is a model of discipleship for all of us at Saint Clement Parish, for all Christians. God calls each of us in various vocations (single, married, religious, priest) to follow Him and to invite others to know, love and serve Jesus Christ by sharing the Good News of His love and mercy, of His Passion, death and Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, that He has conquered sin and death and wrought for us Life Eternal in Heaven. Indeed, God requires His disciples to follow Him, to strive by His grace to live our life in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to turn away from sin, pride and selfishness and turn to God and His call to live the virtues of faith, hope and love, to know, love and serve Him, to live in the constant light of His Presence, “for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” His light grows brighter as we become more familiar with His Holy Scriptures, frequent the Sacraments, pray, read the Catechism, follow the Church’s teaching, and become more aware of His sanctifying presence at every moment.
As disciples of Christ, may we join in prayer during Catholic Schools Week that begins this Sunday, January 26, thanking God for our Saint Clement Catholic Parish (church and school). Let us pray for all our pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade students, for all the faculty, staff and volunteers, that we keep striving to follow Jesus, to live the virtues of faith, hope and love. If you would like your children to attend our Catholic school, we will make every effort to help that happen. Let’s continue to pray for all of God’s children, born and pre-born, and their right to be alive and follow Jesus Christ, to live life to the full, for all people to respect, defend and be grateful for God’s gift of life, and for healing and conversion for those who disrespect His gift of life. And may our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bring us all to Eternal Life in Heaven.
With peace and prayers in Christ,