Jesus Calls the First Disciples
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw
two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And
going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
In yesterday's reading, Jesus began his ministry by preaching the very heart of his message: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." In today's reading, he begins staffing the ministry. I find it interesting to
note who he chooses and who he doesn't choose. He doesn't go to the Jewish high priest or anybody that is already established in the Jewish church. He chooses and unlikely brood of people who would never have made it through the interviewing process.
They would have been screened out and eliminated. His first choices are a set of brothers that are fishermen. Their qualifications? The can catch fish! Jesus will use them to catch men! There is another qualification...
they respond to Jesus's Words.
I pray: O heavenly Father, I have received your Word and received your precious gift of faith. Use me to reach
out and to share the Gospel, to be a fisher of men. Help me to respond and to follow you and your ways. Amen.