After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the Good News from God. ‘The time has come’ he said ‘and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the Good News.’
As he was walking along by the Sea of Galilee he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake – for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you into fishers of men.’ And at once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending their nets. He called them at once and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him.
Gospel for Sunday of the 3rd week on Ordinary Time
Responding to the call of Jesus to follow him, allowing him to lead them in their turn to be truly fishers of men, made a most radical change to the lives of Jesus’ disciples.
The horizon of their life shifted radically. They moved from boats and the lake to a profound engagement with all sorts of peoples in all sorts of communities, across all strata of society, and beyond their nation and homeland. They found themsleves having to consider and respond faithfully to so many circumstances and situations.
Our discipleship may well be less dramatic, less exceptional in its development and how we live it out – so far! Yet we are called from the ordinary and worldly, and invited to enter into the very kingdom of God. There is surely change required by that move, if we are to allow ourselves to be enlivened by the Good News.
- Where are you aware of change and development beckoning as you seek to follow Christ?
Architectural detail from Church of St Peter, Capernaum, Galilee. (c) 2013, Allen Morris