We tend to think of the first disciples as somehow “clergy” with a call special to them. But that is not adequate. Jesus is first of all calling disciples, that is ordinary people, including ourselves. Discipleship includes experience, learning and risk. What experiences have brought me this far? What have I learned and am I still learning? How about the call to “put out into the deep”? Is the Lord asking of me a deeper following, both costly and life-giving? How am I responding? Is there something in me hesitating and holding back? Do I need to hear again the words, “Do not be afraid”?
God of surprises, help us to take the risk of following Jesus on a path of discipleship costing “not less than everything.” Help us to let go, that we may live the Gospel fully and richly. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.