As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.Matthew 1:16-20
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
In today’s Gospel we meditate on the calling of Jesus’ first disciples – Peter and Andrew, James and John.
St Mark talks about how Jesus calls them to follow him with the promise to make them fishers of men.
To answer Christ’s call, these disciples had to leave their profession as fishermen – who caught fish, with the vision of a new path as fishermen – who won people over to Christ.
In order words Jesus was telling them to abandon a path they knew very well, that they had spent years of their lives training in.
In the case of James and John, Jesus required them to leave pursuing their family business to follow him.
When we meditate on our lives, how is Jesus calling us to follow Him and become fishers of men?
Do we have full clarity on this?
If not, let us ask Him today to show us the clear path to His calling on our lives.
Dear Lord Jesus, today as I meditate on Your call to follow You, I’m fully aware that I have not completely abandoned everything as Your disciples did to answer to Your call.
Forgive me Lord.
Make clearer each moment Your call and purpose for my life.
Lead me closely each day to fulfilling that call – as I receive grace from You today to humble myself and walk steadfastly on Your path for my life.
Thank You Holy God for granting me aid.
Jesus, I trust in You!
Always & Forever,
To The Lamb,
With all my love
13 Jan 2020