Matthew 4:18-22 Reflection ~
Jesus continues to call out “Follow me” to each of us. I am sure you know someone whose life radically changed because they heard and followed Christ. Is it often difficult for someone to describe how they feel about the experience that led to their transformation. Their call can be so strong that they must give up a portion of their current life (or for some of their life) to serve God in some way beyond the ordinary. We may not have to walk away from our job or family, but no doubt, Jesus thirst for your love and response so others may see Him in you.
The Calling of Saint Peter and Saint Andrew by James Tissot (full-resolution painting) and more detail at the Brooklyn Museum website.
Matthew 4:18-22 – Scripture*
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this Lectio Divina reflection on Matthew 4:18-22 – Jesus Thirst for your Love.
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Prayer for young families:
Lord, let the young families of our communities get to know your joy, peace, comfort, and love despite worldly distractions.
*This site has permission to use the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE) Bible Matthew 4 passage.