For the amateur or pro, the correct fishing gear has to accommodate the type of fishing to be done. The angler for trout has not only the correct gear but also a particular skill in casting the line. The off-shore fisher also has his gear for the catch and a technique proper to off-shore fishing for success. Simon, Andrew, James and John would understand right gear; right technique. Jesus called fishermen, a tax collector, a tent-maker, a zealot and a Pharisee to be his disciples. No prince or persons of distinction were called, for would they understand the call to become fishers of people?
Now this particular day would be different for the four would-be disciples. Jesus didn’t ask a question. Jesus said in the imperative, “Come.” Seemingly without hesitation they left their nets and did as was commanded.
The “Come after me …” was the call to follow him but unknown to them at the time, they were to go on after Jesus’ time with them would come to an end. Today, not everyone is called to leave their place of employment and walk about announcing the message of Jesus but we are called to proclaim his word. We are now the ones who are called to “come after” Jesus.
The fishers net was to gather in as many fish as possible, but a net is also capable of being entangled in itself. The smart fisher knows how to untangle the net. How are we to be fishers of people if we are entangled in whatever keeps us from casting out the message? “Repent and believe in the gospel.”
Let Us Pray:
Lord, may I cast my net today
wherever I may be.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)