The Net of God’s Love

The Fourth Week in Epiphany, Year B

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” No doubt you’ve been asked this question, perhaps by an older person bending over to talk with you.

If someone were to have asked this question to one of the fishermen in today’s story when he was a little boy, most likely he would have said, “My family from way back only does one thing: we fish. It’s a family business. I never thought about being anything else in my life.”

In just five verses, this totally changes for two sets of brothers: Simon (later renamed Peter) and Andrew, and James and John. Perhaps it is because they are very good at fishing—very patient and dedicated—that Jesus knows how these qualities would be perfect when it comes to fishing for people. They are to gather lonely, lost people into the net of God’s love. Whatever you want to be when you grow up, it will be nothing like bringing people together in love.

Mark 1:14-20


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels, in Year B, the Gospel of Mark


This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

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