Wed, November 30, 2022

Mt 4, 18-22

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them,

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him.

He walked along from there and saw two other brothers, James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat, with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him.


What special things do Christians have to offer their fellowmen?

Not special things, but Someone special: Jesus Christ. Christians who fight for a more humane world in the midst of poverty and misery do not necessarily have better social programs or better financial policies; often they do not even have greater idealism in their backpacks. Ultimately they have only one thing to communicate: a God who became man. No philosophy and no other religion knows so much about the Almighty. The God of Jesus Christ knows and understands us in our humanity. Many people today are lonely and feel abandoned in an anonymous society. Not even the Internet with all sorts of social networks can replace personal interaction. There is still a yearning to be accepted personally as we are, with our strengths and weaknesses. Our Christian proclamation says: Every individual is loved quite personally by God, and every individual can encounter this love through a relationship with Jesus Christ. That is a great message, particularly for people who are going through crises and asking themselves questions about the meaning of life and the future.
One day, I was walking when a boy fell from his bicycle just a few feet away from me. Instead of trying to help him, I hesitated because I didn't know first aid. While I stood still, a man quickly approached the crying boy. The man didn't perform any medical intervention, but he managed to calm the boy down by talking to him. I felt ashamed. Jesus called me at an unexpected time and I didn't respond. However, I learned a valuable lesson - to be generous in responding to His call and to follow His lead.
Sendytiawati Kurniawan

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