16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
On Sunday morning we connected each other with string to show that it is our relationships that hold us together – our services and activities are important, but the bottom line is that church is all about relationships, our relationships with God and with each other. We can see a little of this in today’s passage, Simon and Andrew encounter Jesus on the beach. What does Jesus say? Come to a service I’ve putting on? Come and join me at the synagogue? No. Come follow me. It begins with our relationship with him. From there it extends to our relationships with each other as Jesus draws us towards himself, and finally, it extends beyond us to those outside the church, and the task of drawing them in to join us.
The question I asked on Sunday about the string joining us, a bit like the net here, is how can we make the string, our relationships, stronger?
Thank you Father, for the precious gift of the relationships which you have given us.