After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, “The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News.”
As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.
We encounter Jesus and our calling along our life’s journey. We might have our own life plans or be busy with our jobs, as were the first disciples who were busy being fishers. Sometimes when Jesus calls us to join him, he does not take us away from the work that we know, instead he invites us to use it in another way, one that would entail being with and for others. He called his first disciples to continue to be fishers, but no longer of fish but of people. At other times, we might be called to abandon our familiar way of life and take the risk of starting anew in following him. When we heed Jesus’ call to join him in his journey, we are challenged to rearrange our life choices so that we may have more time in prayer to know him more and his plans for us. The major changes in the lives of any human being are results of having deeply met influential and impressive people. Is our encounter with Jesus deep enough to allow him to influence us to change our ways and follow in his footsteps?
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