And when Jesus had heard that John was delivered up, he retired into Galilee: And leaving the city Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capharnaum on the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim; That it might be fulfilled which was said by Isaias the prophet: Land of Zabulon and land of Nephthalim, the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people that sat in darkness, hath seen great light: and to them that sat in the region of the shadow of death, light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say: Do penance, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And Jesus walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishers). And he saith to them: Come ye after me, and I will make you to be fishers of men. And they immediately leaving their nets, followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they forthwith left their nets and father, and followed him. And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom: and healing all manner of sickness and every infirmity, among the people.
Matthew 4:12-23 (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Dear Father your son caught a few fish himself and made them fishers of men as well. What about us in our time. Are we too, caught by Jesus and are we fishers of men also? I began to wonder then about those who go ice fishing or those who stand alone by the shore fishing. What do they think about as they wait for the fish to bite? Do they think of you dear Father and ponder the mystery of the universe? One would think fishers of fish are contemplatives when they fish alone. But we never know what they truly think about. Jesus, you came after these particular men because you knew what they were capable of, how they could draw people to you. When you touch our hearts dear Father, what are you asking of us to do for you? To go fishing and bring love and healing to those who are seeking to be caught by your love? You caught my heart and you have kept me in your living water. Like all the others who have been caught by the hook of love and mercy. Amen