Ignatian Method: Step One

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Matthew 4:18-22: Calling of the First Disciples (CEB)

As Jesus walked alongside the Galilee Sea, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, throwing fishing nets into the sea, because they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” he said, “and I’ll show you how to fish for people.” Right away, they left their nets and followed him. Continuing on, he saw another set of brothers, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father repairing their nets. Jesus called them and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Put yourself in the shoes of the fishermen as they go about their regular business on the water. They are hard at work, casting nets as their father taught them, following in the family business. What are the two of you talking about as you throw those nets over and over again? How are you feeling about spending your days and nights in this boat? Do you feel like this is the work you were made to do?

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