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Reflection by Revd Fiona Brown
January 24th 2021
Jesus calls the fishermen to follow him.
Read Saint Mark’s Gospel Chapter 1 verses 14 – 20
After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
St Mark’s gospel is very fast moving. Everything seems to “at once” or immediately”. There is no time to be lost. “The kingdom of God is upon you”, not “It’s coming soon, look out for it.”
So when Jesus tells the fishermen to come and follow him, it’s not about next week or when they have put everything in order. It’s now. Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (I often wonder what Zebedee thought when his sons upped and went off!)
It’s always now that we need to listen to Jesus’ call, not something to think about as something to do in the future. Jesus is about now. And if we ignore him today, he will only asking the same question tomorrow. Bit of a nag really! But if we did as we were asked the first time he wouldn’t need to nag!
Loving Lord, thank you that you have called each one of us to be your followers. Forgive us when we are reluctant to follow immediately because we want to do other things first.
In these uncertain times give us the confidence to trust you and to know that you are with us always and everywhere for this is your kingdom. Amen.
Read STF 250 Jesus calls us!
Suggestion – Read the whole of St Mark’s Gospel at one sitting during the week.
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