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There is a selection from the Gospel of Mark (1:14-20), the details of which seem slightly improbable. The story is about the fishermen who became the first disciples of Jesus. Simon, Andrew, James and John were fishing when Jesus, from the shore, yelled out to them: “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men. Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Similarly, when James and John heard Jesus calling them, they “left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:17-20).
The book of the prophet Jonah in our Bible tells a story of how a man, named Jonah, finally does what God ordered him to do. He begins to walk through the city of Nineveh, an enormously large city, shouting “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed” (Jonah 3:4).
When St. Paul wrote his first Letter to the Corinthians about how wonderful were their bodies he had many reasons for saying it. Corinth was a seaport city in the country of Greece. Like many seaports, then and now, it was famous as a place of every possible sexual delights. There was a phrase in those days that described a person who was totally immoral as “a Corinthian.” To be called a “Corinthian girl” was to label another a prostitute.
Once I was able to visit Mexico City and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This shrine holds the cloak that miraculously displays the picture of Mary as it was shown to the Bishop of Mexico by Juan Diego, to whom Mary appeared. Many Mexican people visit this shrine, making the trip of the last 100 yards on their knees! They do so out of a loving devotion to Mary, whose presence displayed on the cloak makes this a holy place. If anyone would attempt to desecrate the cloak or this shrine, God forbid, the people would give their lives to protect it. This shrine is a sacred temple, Mary’s special home among the Mexican people.