Thursday, November 29, 2012

At Once They Left Their Nets

At Once They Left Their Nets

November 30, 2012
Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

By Melanie Rigney
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life. (John 6:63)

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 4:18-20)


Lord, help me to follow You the way Andrew and Peter did, obediently and with hearts full of faith.


Nine simple words, only one of them with more than one syllable. And yet, they are so powerful in their simplicity and their example:

At once they left their nets and followed him.

Volumes have been written about Peter, the rock on whom Christ founded our Church, the apostle so aggravatingly like us before Pentecost… and whose faith thereafter we strive to emulate.

About his brother Andrew, we know far less. The Gospel of John says Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist. He’s mentioned a couple of other times in that Gospel, and we believe Andrew preached in what is now Greece and Turkey before he was martyred.

But maybe we don’t need to know a whole lot more about him than those nine words from Matthew:

At once they left their nets and followed him.

Andrew and Peter didn’t say they’d follow Christ after they spoke with their families. They didn’t say they’d follow him after they finished the day’s catch. They didn’t ask Jesus what he meant by that statement about becoming fishers of men. They followed “at once,” leaving their nets behind. They understood in their souls long before they understood in their minds what Jesus wanted for them. They were brave enough to trust.


Is there something God’s asked you to do that you’re putting off? Pray for the guidance and strength to stop saying, “Not yet.” Leave that net of safety or whatever… and follow him.

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