Count us Among Your Followers It was just an ordinary day for a number of fishermen on the Sea of Galilee when they heard a voice of a passerby say, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Thus was the call to Peter and his brother Andrew, a direct “call” from Jesus. The men stopped what they were doing and followed as Jesus continued along his way. He then calls to the brothers James and John, who left their father to walk with the Lord, long before they knew who he was. We aren’t given any details in the way this all went down, only the end result; that these men left their familiar surroundings and family members to walk with this man named Jesus. And just what did it mean; that he would make them fishers of men?
It seems unreal in a way. And yet, knowing what we know today through Scripture, Tradition and faith in Jesus Christ, we understand that anything is possible with God. The men Jesus called forth early in his ministry were representatives of the twelve tribes of Israel and models to all of humanity. Because they responded positively and followed Jesus, God’s plan to save his people continued to unfold. We owe a great debt to these who became the Apostles and teachers of our shared faith in Jesus Christ.
So as the public ministry of Jesus is revealed in the upcoming Sunday Scripture readings; we might be inspired to think about how we have accepted our call to be followers of Jesus. Many of us were baptized into the life of Christ by family who brought us to the Church. Through the sacrament of baptism we became part of the Body of Christ; our parents and godparents spoke for us as we committed to being followers of Christ. Our family like Jesus, teach us much about what it means to be like Christ; to love, to care and to live like Christ in our world. But there comes a time when we realize it is not our parents or godparents responsibility to form us as Christ; rather it is our personal responsibility.
As we age, hopefully with wisdom and grace, we make our own choices in life about how we will live, what is important to us morally, and how we will practice or not, the faith and religion that was handed down over the ages, from those first disciples chosen by Jesus, all the way to those with whom we live life today. Let us take time in the coming weeks of Ordinary Time in the Church to examine if and how we are growing in our personal Christian life. What can we build upon? What might we need to re-examine?
How might we draw closer to Jesus? Lord, let us like your disciples, be “fishers of men”, that the pattern of our lives might inspire and invite others to follow you. With your grace, transform us and fashion us into the people you desire we become. In your name, we pray. Amen.
Have a wonderful week,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC