Sunday, January 25, 2015

Charisms: Sea to Land

Jesus Calls the Fisherman

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1:14-20

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  Jesus says as he calls Simon and Andrew, the fisherman to follow him, to change their walk of life from fisherman to discipleship.  Many people have wondered why Jesus called the fisherman.  Many ask why the fisherman followed. There have been multiple answers to this question over time, but perhaps the answer lies in looking at the scripture in light of charisms; the spiritual gifts of Simon and Andrew. 

We know that God has gifted every person with at least one charism.  Each person’s charisms are used on a day to day basis in their everyday life, wherever they go to work, are at school, at play, or in community.  Everywhere and anywhere a person goes, their charism is with them.  Therefore a charism can be used at any time.

Knowing this about charisms, let’s go back to the fisherman, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.”  Here Jesus sees the charisms of the fisherman, the charisms of Simon and Andrew.  The charisms that they have been using at work, are the same charisms that will help them gather new disciples.  Perhaps Jesus saw the spiritual gift of leadership, encouragement or pastoring evident in their relationships with other fisherman and in the way they worked on the boats and docks.  Perhaps those same charisms could now could be used for a new role in life, “fishers of men”;  used to help build the kingdom of God.  Off the docks and onto dry land they go.

The opportunities in our lives to use our charisms are present in all that we do, at home, work and play.  We need only listen for the call of Jesus, to “come after me”, to follow him as disciple and use our charisms to build the kingdom of God everywhere we go, whenever and where ever we are called.