And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation." (Mark 16:15 NRSV)
Matthew tells us that Jesus was in Capernaum. John the Baptist was now in prison. It seems more than coincidental that upon hearing of John's incarceration Jesus began his own ministry of preaching--taking up, as it were, where John left off--preaching a message of repentance: "for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Walking by the sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon and Andrew, casting a net into the sea for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." And Simon and Andrew left their nets, and followed him. And going on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And immediately, Matthew tells us, they also left the ship and their father, and followed Jesus.
Doesn't that seem rather abrupt to you? What, no discussion? No "we'll think about it and get back to you tomorrow?" No "don't call us; we'll call you?" Could we not say that these four fishermen acted rather impulsively? Evidently, they were caught up in Jesus' vision.
Loving God, help me to catch the vision of sharing your love and forgiveness to all the world. Amen.
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