Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fishers of Men

Thursday is the day to pray the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. They take us through the baptism of Jesus, the wedding at Cana, the proclamation of the Kingdom, the transfiguration & the institution of the Eucharist.

Instead of using one of those little Rosary booklets that state the general idea of the mystery & launch off into the 10 Hail Marys, I've been using my Bible. I read a verse, say a Hail Mary, read another verse & on & on. It keeps me engaged in the purpose of the prayer, which is to walk through the life of Jesus.

I came across the statement that after the miracle at Cana, "the disciples began to believe"... This implies that maybe they didn't believe right from the first & were just following out of curiosity. They couldn't have known Who Jesus really was when they left their boats. He hadn't begun His public ministry yet. Chances are they weren't there at the Jordan when He was baptised. As far as they knew, He was just some guy looking for some new friends to hang out with. Maybe He could teach them a thing or two about fishing. Afterall, He DID tell them He'd make them fishers of men. I can imagine them sitting in their boats thinking. "What the heck does that mean? Who knows. But why not go with Him & find out?".

They followed. That was faith... it was only after Cana that "the disciples began to believe". (Jn 2:1-12) I think sometimes its easy to confuse faith with belief. Faith is based on things unseen (but somehow inwardly known or sensed), while belief tends to be based on what is known because it is seen, experienced or authenticated in some way. No wonder Jesus said "Blessed are those who believe & have not yet seen!" Belief is one thing, but belief coupled with faith is extraordinary.

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