Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Matthew 4:18-22 I will make you fishers of men

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers,
Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew,
casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.
He said to them,
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
At once they left their nets and followed him.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.

In this passage we see the calling of Peter, James, and John. Peter, in his call story is told he will be fishers of men. He is no longer a fisherman but one who would lead men into the Kingdom of God. John and James when they are called immediately leave their boat, representing their livelihood, and their father, representing their family ties.  This story reminds us that when Christ calls us we too are called to stop everything and serve the Lord with all our hearts. In this time period, these fishermen would have been uneducated and unable to sustain themselves without their trade. Even worst, leaving their father meant that they would be alone and no longer part of the family, the basic unit of social organization. Today, we too are called to leave everything to serve Christ.

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