And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him.
To the beloved, called by God, at St. Peter,
Can you believe Christmas has already come and gone? Of course, here in the church, we are still working on those twelve days of Christmas through Sunday, January 4th, and coming to an end with Epiphany on the 6th when God is revealed through Christ to all the world. And we go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our midst. It may seem like we only just finally got to look into the face of that beautiful baby Jesus. But in January, as we hang out with Mark and hear his gospel account and with some visits from John, we jump right over thirty or so years, and hear already the stories of Jesus’ adult life and ministry.
Throughout January, as we begin to make our way through the season after Epiphany, we will hear a number of call stories. The call of Jesus in his baptism. And the call of his disciples. Now, I know that sometimes, we Lutherans can get a little squirmy around some of these stories – and it is not because of the slimy fish. We can get a little squirmy because Jesus calls his disciples right where they are, in the middle of their everyday lives, fishing, and says, “follow me.” Just like that, interrupting everything. And they do.
Some of our unease is definitely justified. Our lives in Christ are not about doing, doing, doing, all the right things. Faith is not about some program for morality and behavior. But, it is about Christ. And even more, it is about the transforming love of Christ for us. Because God has claimed us and called us. Because God has loved us so much that he came into this world in a little babe, got into our very own human skin. Because we are God’s beloved children in Christ. That’s why our lives look different. We can’t help but be shaped and formed by the deep and abiding transforming love of Jesus.
So, I am curious – what does it look like to just be who you are, here and now– a person for whom Christ lived and died and rose again?
“Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?” – ELW 798
Grace to you and peace,
Mid-Week Adult Class
Wednesday Evenings – 6:30 PM
January 14 – February 18
Join us Wednesday evenings in the church library, beginning January 14th, as we consider our faith through conversation. Through this series called “Faith Out Loud,” we will take up topics that explore what God and faith and the church mean in our everyday lived lives.