We are in the season of Epiphany – the season of discovery and surprise, of illumination and clarity about the call and purpose that God has for our lives. In the biblical stories designated for this season, each story tells of a sort of light that comes on in one’s awareness of God’s presence. Our scripture this week, Matthew 4:12-23, tells of Jesus calling James and John to leave their fishing nets and join him in “fishing for people” – to become the first of his disciples. It is a challenging passage about faith and trust and obedience to the purposes of God. These humble fishermen respond affirmatively to the call and follow the light of Jesus’ mission. Their story offers a definition of the Christian experience. Christians have seen something in the light. This light is not a reward or a prize. It is a gift of grace. And the truth about grace and the truth about the nature of faith is that it comes to us from a God who claims us and longs for us to follow into fullness of life.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven has come near. Follow me and I will lead you there.” In the bright light of that gracious invitation, fullness of life in Christ continues to be offered to us every day.
I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday.
In Christ, Martha