Lenten Devotional: March 8 | Mark 1:14-28

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | Mark 1:14-28

Eduardo Vieria Neto

Oh Lord, are my ears open to your calling? How many times you clearly called out my name, but I was deaf to you. I was not courageous enough to hear you. However, I want to be attentive to your voice, even to your subtle whispers. For this to be accomplished, I need the strength that comes from you, because I am weak. Peter and Andrew, and James and John did not hesitate even for a second to follow you as soon as you called them. I am an ordinary person; I am not like the great saints of your “inner circle.” With faith building in my heart, I pray incessantly to be aware with all my senses of your presence.

Our lives sometimes seem like a tortuous stream! We are desperately attached to our little boats in the midst of the currents. We need the audacity to get rid of the ties to our little boats and follow the journey towards Jesus. This journey we began in Baptism; it is constantly supported by Eucharist; nevertheless, we must continually walk the path towards Jesus through a truly deep conversion.

Sisters and brothers, the first apostles were fishermen. Fishing is an inconstant, uncertain activity; exhausting and fruitless days and nights are followed by an ample catch. Let us be certain that after all the difficulties of our daily lives, the Lord will surprise us with a reward, but we have to be aware of his calling, otherwise we will miss it.

Eduardo Neto has been attending Trinity Cathedral of Pittsburgh ever since he arrived in the city, having come from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has felt much welcomed and embraced by the Cathedral community from the first moment.