Expanded reading: Matthew chapter 2 – the magi, fleeing to Egypt and return to Nazareth
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he asked his brothers to leave their fishing careers. They continued to follow Jesus by learning his written words, the Bible. As we follow the words of Jesus, we will become better and better fishers of men.
We want to follow the written words of Jesus each day with prayers and teach others his Word as he has taught us to do. Encourage others to do the same.
Jesus our teacher and friend, you didn’t just walk by the Sea of Galilee so long ago. You walked and gathered to walk beside you those who were receptive to hearing God’s Word and sharing it. You have also spoken to our hearts and gathered us to be your disciples, no different from James and John and the other disciples. Let us be as willing and eager to do your work as they were. In our words, in our actions, and in our prayers, let us today be faithful disciples to the glory of your name. Amen.