Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
In 2003 I was generally content, happily tending corporate nets for a global consumer products company. After an out-of-the-blue invitation, some discernment and much encouragement, I left the corporate world behind and moved to Chicago to share management and product development skills with Charis Ministries, a Jesuit retreat ministry for those in their 20s and 30s. I helped weave many new nets during the next five years and, as I came to know Jesus more personally through my colleagues and those who participated in our programs, I found great joy and a deep trust in Jesus’ faithful friendship.
Mid-January returns us to ordinary numbering of days filled with work and school, family and friends, weathering winter challenges, praying for the world, for people celebrating good times, and for those making their way through difficult ones. Once more caught up pursuing our lives and livelihood, asking and thanking God each day for our daily bread, can we move into 2015 with a renewed sense of delight and wonder at being invited by Jesus to help make his Kingdom a reality in our time?
Lord, when you came to the seashore you weren’t seeking the wise or the wealthy, but only asking that I might follow.
O Lord, in my eyes you were gazing, kindly smiling. My name you were saying. All I treasured I have left on the sand there. Close to you, I will find other seas.
—Pescador de Hombres, Cesareo Gabarain, trans. by Willard Jabusch. © 1982, OCP Publications.
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