Fishers of men

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry after John is arrested. He proclaimed “The time has come and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.”

As he walks along the Sea of Galilee, he summons Simon and Andrew and says “Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men”.

He also called the sons of Zebedee, who left their boat and father and immediately followed Him.

The same challenge is laid here for us today.

Jesus is passing by in our lives and he says to drop everything and follow Him.

Are we able to do so?

Do we not bargain with Him to say, let me focus on my job so that I have enough for retirement first, or let me look after my young children first. The time is not now, I will follow you later.

But the lesson in today’s Gospel is simple.

They dropped everything and followed Him.

Simple as a lesson, not simple to effect. We all have busy and complicated lives. But ultimately if we sincerely are willing to surrender and drop everything metaphorically and trust in Him, He will guide us along and change our lives.

We just need to learn to obey and trust. And He will make us fishers of other men. This virtuous cycle continues as the love of God is immense and continues to envelop the whole of humanity.

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