August 10 Gospel Reading

Mark 1:16-22

[16] Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.[17] And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.[18] And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.


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[19]
And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of
Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their
nets.[20] And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.[21] And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught.[22] And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.

Chrysostom in his Homily 14 on Matthew discusses this moment of the calling of the apostles…


Ntp01  "…mark both their faith, and their obedience. For though they were in the midst of their work (and you know how greedy a think fishing is), when they heard His command, they delayed not, they procrastinated not, they said not, 'let us return home, and converse with our kinsfolk,' but 'they forsook all and followed,' even as Elisha did to Elijah. (I Kings 19:20-21) Because such is the obedience which Christ seeks of us, as that we delay not even a moment of time, though something absolutely most needful should vehemently press on us. Wherefore also when some other had come unto Him, and was asking leave to bury his own father, (Mt.8:21-22) not even this did He permit him to do; to signify that before all we ought to esteem the following of Himself. But if you should say, 'the promise is very great;' even for this do I most admire them, for that when they had not as yet seen any sign, they believed in so great a reach of promise, and accounted all but second to that attendance. And this, because they believed that by what words they were caught, by the same they would be able to catch others also. To these, then, such was His promise: but to James and John He says no such thing….see how he does with exact care intimate unto us their poverty also: in that He found them sewing up their nets. So exceeding great was their poverty, that they were mending what was worn out, not being able to buy others. And this too was for the time no small proof of virtue, their beating poverty with ease, their supporting themselves by honest labor, their being bound one to another by the power of love, their having their father with them, and attending upon them." 

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