3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time A20
We are called to discipleship and from our way of living and acting. What does this mean?
1st of all it means that discipleship is not something we take upon ourselves. We are called to it, primarily by God and sometimes helped by the example of somebody’s life. Some people are very aware of that call because it speaks to their dreams and hopes or because they recognize it in the events of their lives. They hear the call as clearly as Peter, Andrew, James, and John heard the voice of Jesus. For others, it is not quite as clear. It may be a nagging feeling of restlessness or dissatisfaction in their lives despite all indications to everybody else that they are doing just fine, like the four in the Gospel today. They had a stable and somewhat lucrative profession as fishermen. But it wasn’t enough. And so, they left everything to follow Jesus.
But to be a disciple, not everyone is required to leave everything behind. Someone with a family isn’t asked to leave them high and dry by entering a cloister. For most people discipleship is lived out in the ordinary rhythms of everyday life. Despite that, all disciples of Jesus are called to leave behind certain ways of living as they follow him.
“They are called away from lives of pettiness and division. They are called away from the kind of factionalism that threatened the unity of the Corinthian community. They called away from narrow-mindedness and mean-spirited competition” (which leads to the feeling that some are better Christians than others because they follow one way than another). They are called away from absolutizing their interpretation of the Gospel message. It is true that “it is often much easier to leave behind one’s nets than to leave the web of one’s prejudices.” 
What would Paul say to us today when the Church seems so divided and people are inclined to take sides, pitting one religious position against another, to dismiss as disloyal to the faith those who understand our common faith differently than we do? When people say: “I am a Pope St. John Paul II follower”; or “I really like what Pope Francis is doing”; or, “I would like it better if we followed the rules of the Council of Trent, or Vatican I; or I’m a firm believer in Vatican II, with its open windows letting the breezes of fresh air into the Church”; or “All theological study ended with Thomas Aquinas”; Or, “Karl Rahner is my hero.”
What would Paul say to us? More importantly, what would Jesus say to us; Jesus who said: “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old” and also prayed at the Last Supper in John’s Gospel “that they may all be one”?
What would Jesus say?
 Based on what St. Francis de Sales wrote on seeking perfection.
 Quoted from Preaching the New Lectionary Year A, Diane Bergant, C.S.A. with Richard Fragomeni, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, ©2001, p. 221. I used her words liberally in the section above this quote as well, sometimes just as they were written.
 Cf. John 17:21-23