Father Rodney Torbic

May 28 / June 10, 2018

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 4:18-23

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and 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 immediately left the ship and their 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 all manner of disease among the people. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ chose to enter time in earthly form more than twenty centuries ago. Christians today rely upon personal experiences and the Church for an understanding of Jesus. Individuals are blessed to experience Christ,

The current Gospel is proclaimed in the Church each year. This Gospel impacts attentive believers and the individuals they meet in daily life. The Gospel has a far reaching and immeasurable impact.

The Lord Jesus Christ was walking by the sea of Galilee and observed Simon Peter and Andrew. The Gospel provides a basis for researchers inquiring further about Jesus, Simon Peter and Andrew.

Where Jesus entered earthly life and at what time in history merits consideration. The relationships established and developed between Jesus, Simon Peter and Andrew would have a lasting influence on succeeding centuries.

Current believers and researchers have the benefit of twenty centuries of records related to this particular Gospel reading. Current believers are able to draw conclusions from the content and impact of the Gospel.

Individuals serious about their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will savor the words of the Gospel. Simon Peter and Andrew were blessed to be located at the Sea of Galilee at the time of Jesus.

A finite number of people were on the earth at the time Jesus was in earthly form. The Gospel provides a record of Jesus’ words and actions. Jesus taking human form did not compromise His Divinity.

The Gospel helps believers to understand Jesus as Divine and as taking on human flesh. Jesus’ relationships with the Holy Apostles and the other individuals known through the Holy Gospel are of intense interest to serious believers.

Believers seeking to follow Christ learn from His relationships and incorporate this learning into their daily lives. Learning from Christ is a life-long expectation. Christ is the constant focus and destination of serious believers.

Christ is the primary nourishment and foundation for serious believers. Jesus, Simon Peter and Andrew remain constantly relevant after more than twenty centuries.

Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew they would become fishers of men if they followed Him. Simon Peter and Andrew were required to give up their lives as fishermen in exchange for a life of seeking individuals to follow Christ.

Simon Peter and Andrew heard this “call” directly from the Lord Jesus Christ. Simon Peter and Andrew were to follow Jesus immediately. Jesus was authoritative and convincing when speaking to Simon Peter and Andrew.

The Lord Jesus Christ saw in Simon Peter and Andrew the potential for them to be fishers of men. Jesus was confident in their ability. Jesus was going to radically change their lives.

Individuals seeking to follow Christ today benefit from thinking about Jesus approach to Simon Peter and Andrew and their response to Jesus’ “call.” No hesitation or uncertainty can be found in Jesus’ words.

The bond between Jesus, Simon Peter and Andrew was forged by the Sea of Galilee. The moment is written in time and is not to be forgotten. This was the establishment of special relationships that would change the world.

Each believer benefits from considering the “call” of Christ in his or her personal life. Each person benefits from thinking about his or her personal relationship with Christ and the strength of the relationship.

Christ is expected to be the nourishment and destination of believers. The Gospel causes believers to think about the “call” of the Holy Apostles and the Christianization of the world taking place throughout the centuries.

Jesus started with a small group and expanded His followers. Simon Peter and Andrew responded to the “call” of Christ immediately. They placed their confidence in Christ.

Individuals are “called” by Christ at every moment of every day. The response to Christ’s call reflects the degree of interest and love for Christ. Every person living in ways pleasing to Christ advances the work of the Gospel.

A person need not be a formal preacher of the Gospel. If a person lives faithful to Christ, he or she shares Christ in their own individual way with others in daily life.

Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: “He gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (Eph. 4:11-12}

The lives of the Holy Apostles deserve great thought. The “call” of the apostles set in motion a lasting change in the world. The Lord Jesus Christ commissioned the apostles to go throughout the world. (Mt. 28:19)

May 28 / June 10, 2018
The Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Nicetas, Bishop of Chalcedon.

Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

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