Fishing and Catching
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. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4: 18-20 RSV
“The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad,” As A.K. Best said. On the few occasions that I’ve gone fishing, most of the time was spent baiting the hook, throwing out the line, and waiting, rather than actually catching anything.
How did Jesus catch people? It’s said that attitudes are caught, not taught. Jesus knew that. Although he taught about the kingdom of God, he also offered it to people by meeting them in their brokenness and need and extending compassion, healing, and forgiveness.
“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” as another old saying goes. Jesus spoke the truth, but He spoke it with love. When we speak the truth in love or extend forgiveness or compassion to someone else, we are fishing the way Jesus did. We can leave the results, the catch, up to the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, may my attitude toward others attract them to Your love.
Reflection for sharing: What do you find most attractive about God? How can you share that with someone else today?