The Deep End – The Call
‘Will you come follow me if I but
call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know and
never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will
you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you,
and you in me?’
The hymn ‘The Summons’, by John L. Bell, consists of a
list of questions from Jesus as he calls each of us to be
disciples. Each one begins with the words ‘Will you…?’
The final verse is our response as disciples: ‘Let me turn
and follow you and never be the same.’
Today we reflect on Jesus’ call to the very first disciples.
There is a simplicity to the scenes where Jesus gathers his
first disciples. He issues the invitation to
follow him, and the fishermen respond with a resounding
yes, leaving their nets, boats, and even their families
behind, no questions asked. In the opening chapters of
Mark’s gospel everything happens ‘at once’ or
immediately. There is a sense of urgency; the time has
come, the kingdom of God is near, and Jesus needs
helpers to work alongside him.
Jesus asks the same of us, his modern day disciples:
‘Follow me’. We are summoned too. We are challenged
to leave aside our worldly concerns, see the world in a
new way, and to begin a new adventure with Jesus.