WORD of the DAY
As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4: 18-22)
Today’s Gospel recounts the calling of the first four disciples: Peter and Andrew, James and John. It is interesting to note that Jesus calls them while they are at their ordinary daily work, as they were fishing or mending their nets. Jesus uses their profession to bring them to a higher level. They will become fishers of men and women. Thus Jesus calls them in the concreteness of their daily life so that they can understand something of the mysterious vocation He is calling them to. They are humble men, performing humble tasks. Jesus calls them to a new life project, to a new existence immersed in another sea, the story of salvation, they will fish to save human beings in the tempestuous waters of life.
These four men now begin a new time, a new story, a new life with Jesus.
Today, the Lord still walks along the seas of our day as we work, as we suffer, as we bend over the pains and fatigue of each moment. He addresses to us the same marvelous invitation: “Come, follow Me and I will make you fishers of ‘men’”. Like the four disciples, let us immediately ‘leave all’ to follow Him, doing all for Him and with Him in whatever vocation He has asked of us.
Lord, come into my life. Untangle my ‘nets’ from all that separates me from You and impedes me from following You.
The Voice of Luciano Manicardi, Monk of Bose
God’s narration is a human, very human life, made of words and silences, of gestures and encounters, of tenderness and strength…what shines in Jesus is human; it is how He lived that human condition that links every being that comes into existence. The extraordinary Jesus brought is not on the religious plane, but the human one. What shines in Jesus is what is illuminated in every human being. Jesus teaches the infinite dignity of those without dignity. He teaches the responsibility of caring for those who recognize the human in persons maimed by illness, by violence, by misery. Jesus shows that what is human is the place of authentic worship…it is the place of God.