Leaving Your Nets

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We're back in Ordinary Time! For our first reading today, we begin a journey through the Letter to the Hebrews. Authorship of this letter has never been concretely determined. Some believe it may have been St. Paul. Others disagree. No knowing for sure, we simply refer to "the sacred author." It's a wonderful book and we're in for an interesting month.

In today's Gospel reading, we read about the call of Simon and Andrew and James and John. Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." The Gospel then tells us, "Then they left their nets and followed him." Of course, we're talking about fishing nets.

Have you ever heard the expression "Working without a net"? Sometimes daring trapeze artists or high-wire walkers will ply their trade without the benefit of a safety net should something go wrong. Occasionally this ends in disaster. Do you think that God may be calling you to step out in faith and "work without a net?" Sometimes we may be called to operate on faith, even though it may seem quite dangerous. But those first disciples decided to follow Jesus and leave their (safety) nets behind.

Father, give us the grace and faith and courage to leave our nets behind and follow Jesus wherever He may lead. Amen.

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