On 12th July we celebrated Sea Sunday, using some of the resources provided by the Mission to Seafarers. Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32, 43, Acts 27:27-28:2, Matthew 4:18-22.
Jesus’ invitation to the first disciples is one many people are familiar with. He called four men who worked as fishermen and told them their task would change to ‘fishing for people’ or that they would be ‘fishers of men’ in the old translation I grew up with. Jesus didn’t completely change their job as much as changing the focus of it I suppose. Those of us who follow later on have the same task, to catch people, although it’s not necessary to have any fishing experience before being called.
St Paul, whose experience we read about today, was a scholar and a tent maker rather than a fisherman. However, he too was called to catch people, to bring them from the vast oceans of people in the world into the kingdom of God. When you read about all Paul’s adventures in the process, he was certainly as much in danger as fishermen like Peter and Andrew were when they went in their boats on the Sea of Galilee. Continue reading