Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
To follow Jesus, Peter and Andrew left their nets behind, and James and John left behind not only their nets but their father and their family business as well. As for the disciples of old, Jesus’ calls to us often to follow him in the midst of what we consider ‘our work’ –until he compels us to follow him on journeys in and amongst people and situations that are perhaps unfamiliar to us, but where he needs to go, with our help. After leaving all to follow their Master, Peter and Andrew took up their nets again from time to time to provide fish for Jesus and his followers, or for a much needed break from the crowds – but fishing for men became their primary vocation. James and John remained the “Sons of Thunder’, the sons of Zebedee, but became primarily committed members of God’s family helping others to find, like they had, an identity and life-style rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus, the Son of God who was the Son of Man. When Jesus calls me to leave my ‘work’ for my vocation, and to leave behind my family business for the mercy-business of Father God, will I be able and ready to leave behind my ‘nets’ and my relatives? Holy Spirit of God, teach me what to leave behind.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me. For you are the God of my salvation. (Psalm 25:1,2)
As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you.
Soli ad gloriam Dei
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.