Often when we are asked to make decisions, we dillydally until the time given us is done. There are times we request for more extensions because we haven’t made up our minds yet. However, when the Lord calls, it is one that can’t be postponed. It can’t be ignored as it is a force so strong, that not even one with a heart of stone can resist.
In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mt. 4: 12-23),
after Jesus withdrew to Galilee upon hearing of John’s arrest, he left Nazareth
and went to live in Capernaum. This came to pass in order to fulfill what had
been said through the prophet Isaiah, might be fulfilled:
the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,
on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
light has arisen.
‘The Lord began to preach saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Note that Andrew and Simon made a very quick decision, one that didn’t involve hesitation at all. There was no, “I’ll ask permission first”, or “I’ll inform them first”. These were also done by James and John, who were mending their nets at the time of their call.
The four disciples must have been so touched in the preaching of Jesus, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand”, that they immediately left everything to follow Him. There must be a special quality in Jesus that they followed without hesitation whatsoever. Yes, they still encountered difficulties later but starting to follow Him was the first step they need to do in order to journey with the Lord.
What about you? What will it take for you to follow Christ? Will repentance and faith need to take a lifelong decision? What if life is shorter than you thought it would be?
“Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom and cured every disease among the people.” (Mt. 4: 23)