When my friend Mary Lou and I went on our pilgrimage trip to Israel last February, one of the things we did--as most Christian tourists do--was go on a fishing boat on the Sea (really a lake) of Galilee. Highly touristy, I'll admit, but also highly meaningful to me personally. This young man gave a demonstration of what it would have been like to cast the nets some 2,000 years ago. He was also a docent, of sorts, and even taught us to do some Israeli folk dances.
The readings at church today were about Jesus calling some local fishermen to follow him; he would make them fishers of people. Those of us who are Christians know this story practically by heart. Our rector at Christ Church Redondo Beach, Bob Cornner, preached powerfully on this story in his sermon today and our hour on the waters of the Galilee came vividly to mind. Then my friend Ann Markle, rector of St. Raphael's in Crossville, TN sent me a copy of her deeply meaningful sermon on fishers of men. If you click on her site later this week, her sermon will be posted.
Each week I try to incorporate the readings at church and in my EfM class into the relevance of my every day life. It always makes me smile when the secular press helps and this recent article in The Huffington Post helped with today's readings.