3rd Sunday (Note & Bulletin)

The Gospel this week tells of the call of the first four disciples. We see Jesus walking on the shore, encountering two boats.  In the first boat he says to Peter and Andrew to come and follow, and in the second boat, he did the same with James and John.  For all four, the Scripture says that they “immediately left their nets and followed.”  By their quick reaction to the call of Jesus we can assume that maybe they had heard him speak, maybe heard him preach or do acts of power.  I think we can also assume that their response to the Lord infers that in their hearts they had sought and longed for God.  Without their seeking and longing for God, the call of Jesus would have fallen on “deaf ears.”  

In the lives that we live, I think it’s pretty safe to say that, just like the first four disciples, we too seek and long for God – we come to church, we try to pray, and we try to speak and act according to our faith.  Sometimes, however, our seeking and longing for God seems as if it has reached a dead end.  When we feel this within our minds and hearts, then the centrality of the Lord within our lives can become diminished or small.  The most powerful remedy to this feeling of discouragement is the acceptance of the truth and revelation – it is not Peter and Andrew, and James and John walking on the shore seeking the Lord, it is the Lord himself who is seeking them, it is the Lord who is longing for them.  The prophet Isaiah wrote “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”  The light that shines upon and within our hearts is the realization that we are not just a ‘something’ or ‘someone’ to God, but that our God, in his eternal love longs for us and so, seeks us out.  

It is incredible to begin to think that our God, who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-good longs to be with us – we are, after all, still a work in progress.  We may wonder that it seems possible that God would long and seek to both be with a person like me and then to ask me to join him in proclaiming God’s Kingdom.  Instead of saying “no, it can’t be so,” or even asking God for more time “to get ourselves ready,” can we not in the most tender parts of our heart say yes?  Were the first four disciples not a work in progress?  Did Peter not deny Jesus? Did the sons of Zebedee not ask to sit at his right and left hand?  And yet, it is these four works in progress whom the Lord longed for, sought out and called.  It is the same for each of us.  What moves and fuels our longing and seeking of God is this incredible revelation in Jesus Christ that we are so loved by God that God longs for us.  For us, then, Christ is not just a ‘something’ or a ‘someone’, but Christ is everything. 

God Bless, and Take Care!

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