They immediately abandoned their nets
and became his followers.
The other day, while sharing my joy over finally adhering to my writing schedule, a friend asked, “Where do you get all of those stories?” I laughed as I recalled my mom’s designation “Little Big Ears” in response to my uncanny ability to absorb everything the adults around me said. Much to my mom’s dismay, I filed this information away and then too often repeated it at the wrong time. The good news is that I eventually developed some discretion. While my listening skills remained intact, my judgment regarding what to and not to repeat improved immensely. You will read none of our family secrets here!
Another bit of good news is that I’ve also attended to God’s story since childhood. I attribute this to my parents who shared their faith freely. Their stories, a very engaging children’s bible, a dear priest friend who gave me far more time than he had to give and some well-taught religion classes enriched my understanding of God who somehow has always seemed present to me.
When I consider how quickly the disciples walked away from their daily lives to follow Jesus, I imagine what drew them in. Simon and Andrew, strong, burly and hard-working, left their livelihoods to follow Jesus. Martha and Mary opened their home and their hearts to Jesus even when their brother Lazarus died. Though Mary Magdalene was a woman of means who wanted for very little, her devotion to Jesus was complete. Jesus couldn’t contain the wonder within him and his presence was enough to draw people nearer. Yes, I understand the attraction.
Generous God, thank you for the gift of yourself and for the gift of Jesus. You have transformed my life from the moment I first heard your name.
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