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Mark 1:14-20

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Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea--for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you fish for people." And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.

Mark 1:14-20
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    • If you google ‘Executive recruitment’ on the Web, you are asked to examine CVs (or resumés as they are sometimes called), which list the qualifications and experience of candidates. Then you are urged to hire expert recruiters to interview on your behalf. Jesus by contrast moves along the lakeshore, meets dozens of fishermen, and finally picks Simon, Andrew, James and John. He calls them to a global mission. They have no relevant experience and no training for the job. They are ordinary workers, good men. Their CV would be telegraphic: ‘I grew up here. I fish.’
    • Jesus’ call is simple: “Follow me”. Today his followers form the largest body of believers on the planet. Let me never lose a sense of how extraordinary this moment is.
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    • ‘Come, follow me’. The ways of following Jesus are as varied as people themselves are. But they always entail breaking free from what one was before. We are true disciples when we challenge ourselves with the question: ‘How would Jesus act in the situation I’m in right now?’
    • Lord Jesus, you are our life itself, pointing to what we can become and calling out all our power of service and devotion. We leave the frailty that is in us open to your touch. We commit the joy and the brokenness of our life to you.
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    • Jesus begins his ministry by calling a group to follow him. He gives his disciples a mission – to catch people for the kingdom of God. He chooses as his companions very ordinary people, people with no wealth or position. What is striking is that they have no certainties, little knowledge of him and yet they risk all for him.
    • Lord you continue to call ordinary people - like me. In all my human interactions may I bring your good news to others.
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    • Jesus’ arrival at Galilee ushers in a new era. Jesus’ own person and ministry is the beginning of the kingdom of God. The kingdom is a dynamic and active reality. Jesus’ words and deeds are always in service of this kingdom.
    • Lord, you call the disciples to follow you and share in your mission. Their response is radical and immediate. May nothing hinder me from generously responding to your daily call to follow you.
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    • As Jesus called people, he recognised their skills and spoke to them in their own language. I consider how Jesus might speak to me as I listen for his invitation to follow.
    • The disciples were able to leave everything to follow. I pray for the freedom to be able to leave behind or to stay with, whichever way brings serves God.