A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 1:14-20
After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Then they left their nets and followed him. He walked along a little farther and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They too were in a boat mending their nets. Then he called them. So they left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him.
When I read today’s Gospel the first thing that comes to mind is one of the most beautiful songs I remember singing at church back in Peru: Pescador de Hombres or Fisher of Men. Beautiful lyrics, melody and those Spanish guitars that I miss sometimes. “Follow me”, what an incredible invitation for anyone that wants to receive Jesus in their lives.
We often speak of “God’s call” mainly referring to the Clergy, but God’s call is not limited to priests, deacons, nuns, etc. God calls every single one of us. My prayer is that I’m open to hear His call for me, that I’m surrounded by people that desire to have Jesus in their lives and that my loved ones want to join me in this “sometimes” bumpy ride towards Him.
Amen. P.S. here is the link to the song I mentioned: