January 26, 2020
As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Peter and Andrew and said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They left their nets. A little further down the road he saw James and John and called them. They, too, left their boat and their father and followed him.
How can anyone explain the fact that four men simply left everything they had worked for to follow Jesus? Do you ever wonder what their families had to say?
Many will read today’s Gospel story as a pious tale. However, something significant happened. Jesus’ message touched these men deeply. His preaching struck a chord with them. When they heard Jesus say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” They realized he offered a new way of life that appealed to them. Leaving their boats, Peter, Andrew, James and John opened themselves to the kingdom of heaven.
These men discovered the Lord in the ordinary circumstances of their lives. Today, the Lord continues to reveal himself to us not in an extraordinary or impressive way, but in the everyday circumstances of our life.
Take time this week to reread today’s Gospel. How do the Lord’s words “follow me” touch you? What change might you make in your life?
This week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week along with the other schools in the Archdiocese. Please join me in praying that our students, their families; and our faculty and staff may be open to God’s call.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len