Calling Disciples

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Mark’s account of Jesus’ ministry in Galilee is succinct. John has been arrested and Herod, who rules in Galilee, is ready to behead him. Not a good time, in human thinking, to begin a ministry. Better wait, we say.

But this is God’s time, different from ours. The Good News is God’s message, not ours. God will act according to his plan, not ours.

The call of the four fisherman, Peter, Andrew, James and John occurs by the Sea of Galilee. For the Jews the sea, like the wilderness, was a dangerous place; storms unsettled it; unpredictable winds made it fearful. Even an inland body of water twelve miles long and six miles wide was something to be wary of. They made a living on it, but still the sea was a dangerous place.

Jesus says simply, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” Mark’s Gospel sees the four fishermen with a lot to learn to be fishers of men. They slowly understand his call. Later on, twelve would be called, (Mark 3,13-19), still later their ministry would be explained. (Mark 6,7-13)

They keep learning, not something you learn in a book, or by yourself. “I will make you fishers of men,” Jesus said. “Come away by yourselves and rest awhile,” he said to his disciples who returned to him with reports of all they had done. (Mark 6,30ff) Every disciple has to learn what the call means for him and for her, and a great deal of it we learn with others.

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6 thoughts on “Calling Disciples

  1. Berta

    Jesus is still looking for disciples. He is constantly knocking and inviting us to follow Him. Some of us open the door and say yes. Others ignore the call and miss the most wonderful thing that could possibly happen to them. Open the door and say YES, you’ll fall in love like never before.

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  2. fdan

    Dear Father Victor, thank you for your reflection. A great deal of what I’ve learned about my call I’ve learned from you, GMC, and meditating on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Paul of the Cross and Saint Charles pray for us so we may know day by day what kind of discipleship God wants for us.

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