Those Who Fish, Rise Early

It is a New Year . . . has been for ten days now. Our Christmas Season ended on Sunday, the Feast of the Epiphany . . . yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord . . . and today Jesus calls his followers and invites them to go fishing.

Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of people.”
Then they left their nets and followed him.

Fishing boat leaving the Bolinas Lagoon

This shot of a boat going out to fish was taken in the early morning, just as the sun was rising. Those who fish, must start early. Photographers rise early for the good shots. So must we who are are also called to fish. My friends who are not early risers would argue with me about the rising early. And they are right . . . they see an earlier morning than I do, for they stay up sometimes till the morning. Reminds me of a Rumi poem, “Sometime, stay up all night.”

Late or early, let us find our God in the silence of that time, and may it speed us on our way to where each one of us is called to “fish.”

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