Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3; Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17; Matthew 4:12-23
In this week’s video , Patrick Coffin observes that Jesus withdraws to his hometown to reflect after the arrest of John the Baptist. Then he begins his public preaching in three powerful ways. First, by starting at Capernaum in Galilee, Jesus transforms a dark national memory of defeat into light and fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy (9:1). Then his words echo those of John the Baptist, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Finally, he visits the Sea of Galilee and invites fishermen - Peter, Andrew, James and John - to follow him in such a compelling way that all four drop their nets and proceed on an adventure that transforms the world. Reversing the tradition of students seeking teachers, Jesus, the rabbi, seeks and calls people who have unexpected gifts and uniquely valuable skills. In a similar way, we are called to share his ministry in our daily life, dropping the nets that trap us and following him completely.
Reflection: What would it take for you to leave your “fishing nets” and follow the Lord with your whole heart?