The Miraculous Draught of Fishes
Witz, Konrad (ca. 1400- ca. 1445)
Tempera on wood, 132 x 151 cm, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva
calls the disciples to follow. No bargaining occurs; conditions are not
discussed; there isnít even much time given to decide. Markís Gospel makes the whole episode quite matter-of-fact. To follow Jesus is both a command and a
promise. The command involves forsaking
oneís past in an act of obedience. The
promise implies that as one makes the decision, the future will be
revealed. The disciples immediately
leave their nets and follow.
For God alone
our souls wait in silence.
Our hope is
from God, our fortress.
God is our rock and our salvation.
God is our refuge and our deliverance.
Trust in God at all times, in all places.
out your hearts to the One who hears.
are valuable in Godís sight.
No one is more important than another.
Worship God, who is ready
to speak to us.
Open your lives to Godís steadfast love.
power in the universe belongs to God.
Yet God depends on our faithful service.
Prayer of the
Let us pray.
We await your message, God
of all places and times. Sometimes we do not like what we hear, but we know we
need to listen. Your message is inclusive and fair, while we like to make distinctions
that favor us and our friends. You call us out of our comfort zones to do new
things and try better ways. You direct us to reach out to people with whom we
seem to have little in common. Speak your truth to us in this service so we can
carry it to the places where you want us to go, to the people you are eager to