Catholic Courier

Posted: March 8, 2017

Illustration by Linda Jeanne Rivers

Jesus calls his first followers

By Jennifer Ficcaglia

Before beginning his public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days and nights in the desert. During that time, he was tempted by Satan, but he didn't give in to the devil's evil ways.

At the end of his time in the desert, Jesus learned that his cousin, John the Baptist, had been arrested. Upon hearing the news, he withdrew to his home in Galilee.

Jesus then decided to leave his home in Nazareth and move to a different city in Galilee. He went to Capernaum, which is located by the Sea of Galilee in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.

Jesus' move to Capernaum fulfilled a prophesy about the Messiah that can be found in the book of Isaiah:

"Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen."

When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, he began to preach to all who would listen.

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand," Jesus told the people.

One day, as he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two men who were casting a net into the water. The men were brothers. Their names were Andrew and Simon, who also was known as Peter.

Jesus called out to them.

"Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men," Jesus said.

Simon and Andrew looked at each other. They dropped their nets and followed Jesus.

The three new friends kept walking along the sea. They eventually came upon another pair of brothers, James and John, who were mending fishing nets on their father's boat. Jesus called out to them and asked the men to follow him. James and John left their father on the boat and went with Jesus, Simon and Andrew.

Jesus and his friends traveled all around Galilee. Jesus taught in the synagogues, proclaimed God's Gospel and cured people of their diseases.

As Jesus' fame as a preacher and a healer spread, people came from all around to be cured by him and also to follow him.

 

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Matthew 4

 

Q&A

1. What city did Jesus move to?

2. Who were the first two men Jesus asked to follow him?