Our scripture texts yesterday made this bold statement: we may think our faith is based on our looking for Jesus, when in reality it has been Jesus looking for us. There are days when we ignore Jesus, and in no way were we reaching out to him, only to be surprised that Jesus had been busy reaching out to us! The texts speak about Jesus “fishing” for us. He came to us, tracked us down, sought us out, called us, and summoned us to “Follow me.” Any of you who have been recently “hooked” by Jesus could testify why you are in church. Somehow, you felt a lure, or an invitation, and were netted by him. Put on a stringer. It’s like that bumper sticker I saw that said, “You catch them. Jesus will clean them.”
Jesus calls us to be his disciples, promising that he will teach us to catch people and helping us be part of his embrace in the world. Can we be courageous enough to allow Jesus to show us how to be fishers of others? To bring our catch to church on Sundays? We won’t measure them or weigh them. How strange, and yet uplifting, that Jesus began his ministry by recruiting ordinary people like you and me. The challenge before us is to do some fishing…to share our faith, to express why we come to church, and to invite others to join us.