A well-to-do family built a huge home next to the Amish community in Indiana. The Amish were standing there looking on in astonishment as the movers were unloading the snow mobiles, jet skis and the Jacuzzi.
Out of neighborliness, an Amish man stepped forward and said to the new neighbor moving in: “Look, if you ever have trouble with these, I’ll be glad to help you out.”
“Oh,” said the new neighbor, “Thank you. Do you really know how to fix these things?”
“No,” said the Amish neighbor, “but we can teach you how to live without them.” Talk about people seeing some of the things in life in two completely different ways!
In today’s Gospel (Mark 1:14-20), Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is at hand. We need to listen to these words of Jesus because with all that modern technology offers us, we become distracted and also insulated from the things that really matter in life. No wonder Jesus shouts out so loudly: “Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
Jesus then sees Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John fishing by the Sea of Galilee. He says to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” They abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus says the same thing to you and me today, “Drop your nets, leave what you are doing and follow me.”
How practical or possible is this for any of us to do? We might well say, “But Lord, I’ve got a job, a family, rent or a mortgage to pay. I come home exhausted!” Even if you are retired, you might say, “Jesus, you’re not talking to me. My family, my friends, my neighbors all need me. I’ve got aches and pains all over and I’m on a limited income. You can’t be talking to me!” So who is Jesus talking to?
Thanks to Karolina Grabowska for the photo.
I think back 38 years to Holy Family Parish, my parish Northwest of Chicago. I baptized the son of an orthopedic doctor and his wife. The doctor’s father was also a doctor, a 65-year old internist from New York who was retired. I asked the baby’s grandfather how he was spending his retirement….golf, travel, family? “No,” he said, “now that I’m retired, I go to an AIDS clinic and spend ten hours a day caring for the sick and dying AIDS patients.” This retired doctor heard what Jesus was saying, “Drop your nets, leave what you are doing and follow me.”
My Aunt Mary delighted in being the Story Lady to the children in kindergarten at her local school after she moved and retired.
No matter how old or young you are, Jesus may well be talking to you, “Drop your nets, leave what you are doing and follow me!” Believe me, the payoff is Eternal!!
WHEN IT’S NOT GOD’S TIME, YOU CAN’T FORCE IT! WHEN IT’S GOD’S TIME, YOU CAN’T STOP IT!!
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