THE SERVANT GENERAL
EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
OF MEN (Part 3)
Today’s reading: Matthew 4:18-22
At the start of his public ministry, Jesus formed his core
group. He called the brothers Simon and Andrew, then two other
brothers James and John. They were fishermen, and Jesus made
them fishers of men.
Isn’t it amazing how Jesus can transform us for his
work, moving us from our worldly experience to a whole new
exciting spiritual life and work?
From musical enthusiasts to music ministries;
motivational speakers to proclaimers of the word of Christ;
parents taking care of their children to pastors taking
care of their spiritual children;
employees and entrepreneurs to going about the Father’s
business and recreational travelers to missionaries;
secular friendships to brotherhood and sisterhood in Christ.
There will be many such more calls to discipleship. The challenge
is to recognize who it is who calls, and to respond accordingly.
To respond is a great challenge, for we will be brought out
of our comfort zones, out of doing things we have done all
our lives, to a whole new world that will demand hard work
In fact, the challenge is to look beyond the good to possess
the best. The good in our lives is best exemplified by our
family and our work (source of livelihood). These, when in
good order, are what we joyfully experience from day to day.
They are God’s blessings for us.
But these are often also the obstacles to our following Christ
and serving him with our all. We often use family and work
to excuse our giving less of ourselves to Christ and his work.
Such was not the case with the two sets of brothers. For Simon
and Andrew, “at once they left their nets and followed
him.” (Mt 4:20). For James and John, “immediately
they left their boat and their father and followed him.”
(Mt 4:22). In the call to discipleship, their response showed
their putting as greater priority the call to be fishers of
men over that of work and family. It should be the same with
Now the good news is that it is not a question of “either-or.”
Rather, it is “both-and.” We can have it all.
We just first have to know our priority. It is God first,
and then everything else follows. It is seeking first the
kingdom of God, and everything else will be given to us. It
is serving God, and God in turn provides for our needs for
family and secular work.
Let us wholeheartedly respond to Jesus, not holding back,
giving of our time, talent and treasure. Let us continue to
be fishers of men.