Jesus said to His first Disciples, “follow me!”
Peter, Andrew and the sons of Zebedee,
Left their nets, their boats and their father,
And followed Jesus immediately, to go farther.
Jesus did not promise His followers riches or glory;
He promised them, He’ll make them fishers of men, only.
They believed Him and His promise,
And followed Him without other notice.
His words had authority and sincerity.
They were pure, divine in their entirety.
They did not weigh logically their decision.
What material consequences will suffer or derision.
They were thirsting in their life for something better
And they discovered it in front of them, there.
They followed their Teacher from village to village,
As He taught the words of life, not mere verbiage.
He taught with Godly authority and also healed,
He loved the people, fed them and their illness healed.
The people followed Him eagerly by the droves.
On the countryside and mountains and lake shores.
Jesus rarely preached in Temples and Cathedrals.
The open air, the mountains,, the lakes were His cathedrals.
He quoted from the Book of His Father,
And He illustrated it powerfully from his other.
The latter book His listeners knew better,
Because they lived it daily, as the weather.
God blessed their life with both of them.
That’s why he sent also His beloved Son to them.
Our Church read this lesson to us this Sunday,
To urge us to follow our Lord eagerly, also on Monday.
Not to let possessions or persons to get in the way.
To mislead us in life and cause us to lose God’s way.
The Apostles accepted and followed Christ’s call,
And reached their glorious destination, as all.
They have become our light and good example,
Fr. John P. Angelis