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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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January 13th, 2014
by
Veronica Urbik
Bio | Email: VeronicaUrbik@creighton.edu

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men”
           
In my own life, I often view spirituality and religion as very personal things. Praying and attending church can be community oriented, but I always come back to my own relationship with God and how I can grow closer to him. However, today’s gospel reminds me of another important aspect of Christianity: evangelization. The reading is one of my favorites: it’s easy to imagine Jesus and his followers rocking gently on the sea, surrounded by nets of fish on a small boat. “Follow me” is a recurring theme in the Bible, but I often comprehend the idea on this individual level. However, Jesus calls his disciples and says, “come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Fishers of men? He doesn’t say come after me and I will strengthen your faith, or make you a better person, or give you wisdom or humility. Instead, he will make you a fisher of men. With this phrase, we are given a responsibility to spread his good word. This idea of sharing the word of God can be intimidating and uncomfortable, especially in our society today.

Even in the collegiate environment, people can be very set in their ways and closed to hearing other opinions or beliefs. I really admire my friends that can speak so joyfully of their faith and share it with all those that they meet. They go out of their way to pray for a stranger, invite a new friend to mass, or organize a Bible study. It is not awkward, and they are often met with gratefulness for the warm invitation. The psalm today asks, “how shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?”

This year, I invite you to join me in making an effort to branch out of your comfort zone and become a fisher of men, in order to return good to the Lord and focus on this important (sometimes overlooked) pillar of our faith.

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