In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus is just beginning his ministry in Galilee, and he encounters Simon and Andrew as he walks along the Sea. Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 4:18-22) tells us that as Jesus encounters these brothers who are fishing for a living, he utters the words, “Follow Me”, and they IMMEDIATELY “leave behind their nets and follow him.” Then Jesus encounters James and John, and they also “leave behind their boat and their father, and followed immediately.” I’ve always marveled at how these 2 sets of brothers left their livelihood behind immediately! But it’s important to note that Andrew had already had an encounter with Jesus when John The Baptist pointed him out and announced that Jesus is “The Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sins of the World.” Somehow his previous encounter led him to believe, and to know in his heart that Jesus was the Messiah. But they didn’t know the full scope of how their relationship with Jesus was going to grow and evolve until they spent time with him.
It’s the same for us. We know. We believe. But we have to spend time with Jesus in order to understand how our relationship with him is meant to evolve, and how he wants us to serve him.
Let’s spend time with Jesus, and allow our faith to deepen as we travel through the Advent season.
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