Going Fishing

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 01/22/2015

in Ordinary Time

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 25, 2015

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
(Mark 1:17b)

Going Fishing

What can fishing teach us about Evangelization? Lots. Let’s Learn.
There are many types of fish in different oceans, lakes and seas.
Not only is there a variety of fish, each person on earth is unique.
If you want to be a good fisher of men, start small.

Who do you know that needs evangelization?

  • Non-believers
  • Fallen away believers
  • “Wanna-be” believers

Where do you find these unique believers?

Pick up your rod and reel and go fishing.
Next, pick up your Bible.
You will find all kinds of tips from professional fishermen.
After all, Jesus and his disciples showed us how to evangelize.

They went out hunting, carrying hooks, lines and sinkers.
They didn’t forget their bait or their lure.
They even took bobbers to see who might be nibbling.

In their tackle box, they included love, compassion and forgiveness.
Nor did they exclude, or water-down the truth, or the Way or eternal life.
One thing they never forgot was humor and joyfulness.
No sour-pusses on their fishing trips.

The Gospel tells women, children and men to go fishing.
Who will you take on your fishing trip?
Who will you lure and catch for the kingdom?

If you fish all day and do not catch a single one,
Don’t give up,
Find a new fishing hole.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why is Evangelization so important?
  2. What has caused so many to leave the Church?
  3. What do you think is the best way to bring people into the Church?
  4. When are you or members of your family going to go fishing for the Lord?
  5. What excuse might you make about being an evangelizer?
  6. Start small. Will you begin with your family? Try it out there first.

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