Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” 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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Lately I have been humming the hymn, “Lord, When You Came to the Seashore” as I rock our 5 ½ month old son, Theo, to sleep in the middle of the night. I love the stanza which says, “Lord, have you need of my labor? Hands for service, a heart made for loving.” I think of this song as I reflect on this passage where Jesus calls to several of the disciples and they make such quick, powerful decisions.
As I contemplate Jesus’ invitation and the apostles’ response, I’m thinking about how it relates to my marriage with my husband, David. In what ways is God calling out to us, as husband and wife, to more closely follow God? As we live, work, study and raise our two young sons, I wonder if we’re at all free, amidst the busyness of our home life, to respond as Simon and the others did.
I am both amazed and nervous by the apparent quick and generous nature of their response. Maybe the better context for me to reflect upon about this passage would be to think that David and I are already on our journey following Christ—we left behind our boats and relatives when we said “I do” on our wedding day.
—Carrie and David Nantais live in the city of Detroit with their two sons, Liam (almost 4 years) and Theo (5 ½ months). They are both at the University of Detroit Mercy—David as Director of University Ministry and Carrie as a PhD student in Clinical Psychology. They have been married for 5 ½ years. http://www.udmercy.edu/ministry/index.htm
Lord, when you came to the seashore you weren’t seeking the wise or the wealthy, but only asking that I might follow.
O Lord, in my eyes you were gazing, kindly smiling, my name you were saying. All I treasured I have left on the sand there. Close to you, I will find other seas.
—Pescador de Hombres, Cesareo Gabarain, trans. by Willard Jabusch. (copyright 1982 by OCP Publications.)Please share the Good Word with your friends!