I am reading the Gospel reading from the Lectionary this week:
Mark 1:14-20 (Today’s New International Version)
Jesus Announces the Good News
14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”
Jesus Calls His First Disciples
16 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. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him. 19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
I could not help but think that my semester starts on Wednesday and this is the first semester in a while that I am not ready for it to begin. I have been working on my Provisionary Candidate packet. I should be done with it on Sunday night. I wish I could put this semester on hold for like three more weeks so I can read enough to feel better about the upcoming semester. Nevertheless, without delay the semester is approaching. My last full semester! I have to come back for 6 hours in the fall of ’09.
Thinking about what is going on with me and then reading the scripture. I have to ask if Jesus Christ came to you and asked you to be fishers of men would you do it? I know I would say yes in a heartbeat, but the more I analyze my current life situation it really makes me wonder if I really would. I have a family to care for. I am about to start a new chapter in my life. I have a lot going for me. But the more I read this scripture the more I become convinced that Jesus presence touched these guys so much that they were willing to drop their nets without thinking about what the consequences maybe because of these actions. Therefore, when I think about the question again, I would have to say yes, because I know God will provide for my family and me. So without delay the semester begins, and here I am Lord, I am ready to fish.1