November 30, 2019 – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle
As Jesus 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. (Matthew 4:18-22)
The more time I spend with scripture, the more fascinated I become by the deliberateness of word choice by the evangelists. The words “at once” speak volumes about the affect Jesus had on people, and the incredible faith shown by some of those who chose to follow Him. Jesus must have inspired such certainty of purpose.
I can’t think of very many “at once” decisions I have made in my life. Most of us reflect on a situation, weigh the pros and cons, talk it over with our spouse or friends, and then mull it over for a few days. Even then we doubt ourselves, wondering if we have made the right decision.
The apostles knew very little about Jesus, and followed Him anyway. We know so much more about Him. We understand who He is and what He wants from us; and yet, we struggle to respond to His call.
The finality of leaving our nets may be too much for us. Fear, doubt, and lack of trust tend to creep in.
Why don’t we start by setting our nets down next to us, within arms length, and giving Him some of our attention? Who knows, we might discover we don’t need our nets after all.