“Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Mark 1:17
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” No doubt you’ve had this question put to you, perhaps by an older person bending over to talk with you, because you were much smaller than they were.
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, they’ll be nothing like bringing people together in love.
Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…
Your eyes always upon me v. 16
“Follow me—fish for people.” v. 17
Mending the nets of my life v. 19
Leaving all to follow You v. 20
The Sunday Gospels follow the Revised Common Lectionary.
This being Year B, we are dedicated in this season to the Gospel of Mark.
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