This post is dedicated to my friends who are female pastors in protestant faith communities. More broadly, it is dedicated to all disciples who feel misunderstood.
A lot of us have heard Jesus call out, “Hey! Leave those fishy nets behind and come and follow me! It’s gonna be good!” We awkwardly jump up and walk towards Love with endless confusing questions.
When we are called by God the first thing we can meet on the road of discipleship is judgment and discouragement. People from our pasts sometimes holler down the path at us as we walk away.
That contemporary parable is rooted in the Gospel truth from today’s readings.
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.
He walked along from there and saw two other brothers,
James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father
and followed him.
He went around all of Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness among the people. – Mt 4:18-23
What did James and John’s dad say when they just got up and left? How did they respond to him?
What do people say to- or about- us? What gets in our way and makes faithfulness hard? Why do we all keep going?