We are only three weeks into Ordinary Time and already we are presented with the imagine of a boat in the gospel. So, I thought it was only fitting that I make reference to our new Ambo, which of course is in the shape of a boat. The nautical theme is very prominent throughout the gospels and today we hear that Jesus’ first disciples were fisherman. In chatting with parishioners from both Birkdale and Manly many of you have mentioned how much you enjoy getting out on the water in your own boat. We have more in common with the apostles then we might ordinarily think!
In today’s gospel, the figures of James and John and their father Zebedee are out fishing in their boat when Jesus calls to them. The evangelist Mark doesn’t tell us exactly what Jesus said to them, but what we do know is that both James and John left their father and the boat and went after Jesus. They left everything to follow Jesus; their livelihood and their family. Was it something Jesus said to them that compelled them to follow him? Was James and John already searching for the Messiah? What attracts you to Jesus?