Jesus called the first disciples to follow him, and they left everything and went with him. Today each of us is called to follow Jesus by sharing God’s love with everyone as he taught us to.
To follow Jesus we do not usually have to leave home like the first disciples did! By loving God and our neighbour we can follow Jesus every day by living as Jesus taught.
Dear Jesus help me to be forgiving
And ready to forget the mistakes
Made by other people,
Just as you are always ready to do for me.
A reading from the Good News given to us by St Mark
Glory to you, Lord
After John the Baptist had been arrested by Herod, Jesus began to preach to the crowds and proclaim the good news. One day while walking beside the sea of Galilee he saw Simon Peter and his brother Andrew casting their nets to catch fish.
Jesus called out to them ‘Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of people.’ The brothers left their nets and followed him. Further along the shore Jesus saw James and his brother John who were mending nets with their father Zebedee. Jesus called them too, and at once they left their father and followed him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
● Can you remember the names of the brothers who left their boats and nets to follow Jesus?
● What did Jesus say to them?
He asked them to follow him and become ‘fishers of people’. Jesus needed someone to help him with proclaiming the Good News of God, and to carry on his work when he had returned to his heavenly Father.
These men would help him lead people back to God, and to teach others of God’s great love for them.
● The name ‘apostle’ was given to a follower of Jesus who had been specially chosen. They preached and performed miracles in his name.
● The names of the apostles were: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, (another) James, Thaddeus,Simon and Judas.
● Does Jesus call us to follow him too? - When we are baptised into the Christian family we are called followers of Christ. But Jesus calls us to follow him every day.
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