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The call of the first disciples

REFLECTIONS TODAY

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MATTHEW 4:18-22

reflectionstodayAs 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.

REFLECTION

THEY LEFT THEIR NETS… THEIR BOAT. Peter and Andrew leave their nets; James and John leave their boat and their father. This is what these fisherfolk do when Jesus calls them to become fishers of men. Jesus recruits them after the arrest of John the Baptist and after he settles in Capernaum, a coastal town of the Sea of Galilee, where there is more activity. These men may have taken to heart his preaching, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 4:17), that they readily respond and follow him. Once under darkness, they have seen the light that everyone in that region longs for. The light is Jesus.

Now the first followers will stop their routine of going to the sea and will interact with people who have been buying their catch. They will accompany Jesus when he teaches in the synagogues, preaching the Kingdom of heaven and healing the sick of various illnesses. As they move all through Galilee, they will learn from Jesus that life is not all fishing or making a living, but developing faith, living under God’s reign.

Later, when Jesus sees them ready, he will send them, along with other disciples, as Apostles to fish people. Jesus gives them ample time to internalize his message, “Repent…,” and to adjust from their former routine.

We Christians are called to abandon our nets and securities to share in the mission of Christ.

SOURCE: “365 Days with the Lord 2018,” ST. PAULS Philippines, 7708 St. Paul Rd., SAV, Makati City (Phils.); Tel.: 895-9701; Fax 895-7328; E-mail: books@stpauls.ph; Website: http://www.stpauls.ph.

 

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