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Monday Musing – εὐθὺς and Other Matters…


εὐθὺς! I know – what’s εὐθὺς?

Sorry, I had to throw that in. You must admit, it is eye-catching, isn’t?!  You might already know, it is Greek and it is Greek for immediately.

On Sunday we heard this:

Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

But there are many translations of Mark that use the word, εὐθὺς , in this context:

Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they [εὐθὺς] abandoned their nets and followed him.

Immediately. Straightaway. Full stop.

Peter Avvento’s reflection at all the masses this weekend, pointed to this. He was very clear about the immediate nature of the here and now. I’m not surprised; As you might know, I work at Immaculate Conception in Glenville, but St. Edward’s is my home parish.  He was here to talk about stewardship and this Gospel is very much about that. He pointed to this notion of right away. He was very clear about the immediate nature of the here and now. I’m not surprised; Peter is a scholar with an Doctor of Sacred Theology degree, from the Accademia Alfonsiana (Special Moral Institute) of the Pontifical Lateran University, and an STB from the Gregorian University in Rome and he probably knows Greek.

I bring all of this up because of Peter’s talk and of course, the Gospel. How do any of us do this?

Yes, we are involved in a process; our faith is relational. It takes time. However, we either decide to enter the journey or we do not. And entering that journey, in our Catholic tradition, is not about God and me alone. No – it is about everybody. Yes – everybody. I know – how annoying.

The call to follow Jesus requires a kind of immediacy. “Yes Jesus -I’m in. Now!”

Whether it is Jonah, or any other prophet who did not really feel like prophet-ing, the call requires us to get-up-and-go.  Frankly – who has the energy? Is it not enough that I showed up for mass?

OK, I’m being sarcastic, but I think you might know what I mean.

None of us can do this easily. Comfort and convenience reign, especially against the backdrop of exhaustion and ennui. And the cold days.

Yet the call is present and persistent. We are in a relationship and a process. But like any relationship, we must keep at it. And not just God and me, but you and me. Immediately. Now. Straightaway.

That is the call to the Gospel! εὐθὺς! Now!


A word about stewardship… If you are already involved in a ministry, thank you. If you are not but have thought about it, please think about the εὐθὺς of Jesus’ call. It doesn’t have to take up all your time, just what you can, when you can. All kinds of options are available and please know, you are needed!


2 Responses

  1. εὐθὺς!
    I can write it, but I can’t say it.
    Great post, Fran. Yes. Now. No excuses. Let’s go 🙂
    Thank you.

  2. Nicely sAID

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