Love and forgiveness were the cornerstone of Jesus' invitation
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
On this Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus invites us to follow him. We hear that Simon and his brother Andrew and James and his brother John drop everything and go with Jesus. Do you wonder how Zebedee (father of James and John) felt left holding the nets? How amazing that these fishermen would abandon their families and their livelihood to “fish for people”!
How did they encourage others to follow Jesus? There is a quote found in the Book of Zechariah 8:23: “In those days ten people from nations of every language will take hold, yes, will take hold of the cloak of every Judahite and say, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’" Could that be why people followed these fishermen?
Jesus brought the best out of them – proclaiming love and forgiveness. He had a profound affect on them and changed their lives. Others yearned for that love and forgiveness and were willing to follow the one who brought peace to a troubled world.
What or who encourages me to continue to follow Jesus?
How do I encourage another to follow the Prince of Peace?