Peter Remembers His Call From Jesus
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Waldron, Maureen McCann
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Text from the first four paragraphs of "Peter Remembers his Call from Jesus"I get asked about it all the time, so I don't mind talking about it again. People are always asking, "So, Peter, what was it like the day Jesus called you?"I will always remember it. It was a morning, like so many, as we were there at the shore, cleaning our nets after a long night of fishing. Then a large crowd of people just appeared, as they came over the hill and down toward the shore. I didn't see him at first. But, as they drew near, it became clear that they were all following Jesus down to the lake. My brother, Andrew, and I, along with James and John, had listened to Jesus several times. On those occasions, he seemed like a prophet. Everyone was asking if he was the one who was to come, but, of course, we were all looking for a flashier arrival than Jesus'. No one would have imagined the Messiah would go into the Jordan to be baptized by John. But, let me get back to my story.The crowd got so big that there was a moment when everyone just wondered if Jesus would be pushed out into the lake. So, when Jesus just stepped into my boat, and looked at me with those eyes he had, I just knew what to do. I threw the rest of the net which we were folding into the boat and pushed away from the shore a bit. The hillside proved to be a perfect amphitheater. I've told this story so many times, I often emphasize various moments, but that first moment of sitting there in the boat listening to Jesus was very moving for me. I felt pretty honored that Jesus got into my boat. I was glad to help and I've never been shy about being the center of attention. But, listening to Jesus just talk so lovingly to those people was very special. These weren't the religious-types. His crowds were made up of very ordinary people, a fair number of whom would be the ones the holier than thou types would just call "sinners." And, there were always sick people in the crowd, along with a group of women.