As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Pretty much throughout my school years I felt called to excel academically. For several years I felt called to become a Jesuit priest. The call to marriage and children became stronger than the call to religious life. In business I felt called to work hard for the company, customers and society. I have felt called in so many different ways during the course of my life. I suspect you may have the same experience.
So what is the call of Andrew, Peter, James and John we read about in today’s gospel, and how does it relate to the various callings I have experienced?
As I reflect on my “callings” they have a couple of things in common; using the talents God has given me to the fullest; and constantly asking and answering the question “what does love require.” God creates us from his infinite, pure and unconditional love. He calls us to share that love with the people he puts in our lives and those who are marginalized.
The call of the Kingdom never ceases and it is always about love as we live it concretely in our everyday lives.
—David McNulty serves as Assistant for Operations at the Chicago-Detroit Jesuit Province.
Lord our God, grant that we may be ready
to receive Christ when he comes in glory
and to share in the banquet of heaven. Amen.
—An Advent prayer