Jesus walks… he walks up to you. He tells you…
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).”
Then he moves and turns back, walking away.
Are you ready to come after him?
What does it mean to be a fisher of men?
We can easily find the answer in our vocation. This is the main path God gives us to help serve Him and others.
Being a fisher of men can also be in relation to our daily task to evangelize, to provide others the truth and hope found in our Lord. It also means every day to grow more in our faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of this vocation for every believer,
“The vocation of humanity is to show forth the image of God and to be transformed into the image of the Father’s only Son” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 1877).
Here are some other ways to understand being a fisher of men, taken from real-life examples of the art of fishing.
It Takes Trust
Fishing can take a long time.
From my friends who fish a lot, what they enjoy most is not simply catching the fish but waiting and relaxing by the water. Unfortunately, being a fisher of man may not afford the same relaxing nature. When we strive to share the Gospel or invite others to better understand God, we throw our nets in hopes of having others respond to that invitation. But it is not our fish to catch, and that is where we let our anxiousness or worry about others become prayers we offer to God. We do what we can, and we share in love. It is not our duty to wait for the catch, but to trust in God’s timing.
It Is ‘Smelly’
Fish smell and fish juice also smells. Sharing the Gospel, being a disciple is not easy, it can also make us smell. For it requires work, especially in relation to purifying our hearts from the many attachments that can limit us from being a fisher of men. People are ‘smelly’, we are in this world made dirty with sin. Thankfully our Lord is there to clean our hearts. His grace also provides clarity amidst the dirtiness of life.
So, are you ready to be a fisher of men? Fortunately, no fishing experience is required!
Daniel Quintero is a newlywed husband, writer, and avid karaoke singer. He currently attends Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he volunteers in the lector ministry and with faith formation. His favorite motto: “Awkwardness does not exist.”