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3d Ordinary Sunday – B Year (2012)

2012/01/28

At once he called them.

Best day

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee. There he proclaimed the gospel from God saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is close at hand. Repent, and believe the gospel. As he was walking along by the Lake of Galilee he saw Simon and Simon’s brother Andrew casting a net in the lake — for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, Come after me and I will make you into fishers of people. And at once they left their nets and followed him. Going on a little further, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they too were in their boat, mending the nets. At once he called them and, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the men he employed, they went after him. Mk 1,14-20

 My comment: 

What a beautiful day! What a successful draw! Clearly, Jesus had a nice day, because he made a good catch. At one haul he got the four principal apostles to promote his cause. At the leadership seminars I hold both for entrepreneurs and managers I present this event as the paradigm of the call.

Jesus invited working people straight from their duty after he had observed them at work. There must have been something in their way of doing that struck and convinced him of their qualification for that particular job. He called them to work and described this task with an unusual name “Fishers of people.” This concept must have seemed to them both familiar – as they were fishermen after all – and completely new. A fisher casts his net where he suspects fishes most likely to swarm, yet he does not see them one by one. Selection will take place only later on. The plunging of the net is just the first step, and it remains open, what gets on our table.

In a similar manner the one who proclaims the good news should do it where there is the biggest chance of success. The story of the call of the four key apostles in its amazing conciseness does not only present the method of their selection but also gives us a concise job description in just one sentence. Whoever gets such a challenging call cannot but follow it.

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