Sunday 21st January 2018
3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62: 6-14; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1:14-20

It would be easy to interpret todayís Gospel reading as depicting the world of work as something to be left behind in our desire to be followers of Jesus. But these disciples never lost their identity as fishermen, and rather we might couple it with the other readings to recognise that Christís rule, authority and calling extends to the daily tasks that we engage in. For the people of Jonahís time, Nineveh represented a regime that seemed opposed and contrary to their own values and ideals. We might reflect on how our working lives have become ruled by economic regimes which are not dissimilar. But Godís message is clear; He neither abandons such entities nor believes them to be beyond redemption. To what degree does Jonah represent the contemporary people of God - called not to live out their faith within the safe haven of a faith community, but within the world which Christ has come to redeem. This Sunday offers a fresh opportunity to re-centre our working lives on the living Christ.