Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mark 1:14-20 Calling of the Fishermen

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
"This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel."

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men."
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.

In this passage we see Jesus calling fishermen to be his disciples. His words "Come after men, and I will make you fishers of men" is significant because he is asking them to drop everything and serve the Kingdom of God. So often we are called, waken out of our routine to do something greater than ourselves, and yet so often we do nothing. We fear the loss of security, the idea of change, and have no faith that God will provide. When God calls, God will provide. May we be given the grace to follow in Christ's footsteps when we are called.

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