As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:16-18 NRSV)
Immediately! In the Gospel for this week there is a sense of urgency ... immediately they left there nets. If we think about it, there is always a sense of urgency in the gospels. There is an urgency to get the message out to the people. There is an urgency for Jesus to get to Galilee,and then an urgency for him to reach Jerusalem. There is an urgency for the people to accept his message of God’s love and grace. And there is an urgency for those who opposed Jesus to bring him to trial and put him to death. But then,Jesus rose from the grave, breaking the grip of death and offering the gift of life to all who believe.
In my life as a terminally ill person there is always a sense of urgency ... I have had to learn to balance these things ... the sense of urgency, the idea that everything has to get done immediately because who knows if there is a tomorrow … and the need to slow down, knowing that we are in God’s hands today AND tomorrow, even if there is no tomorrow. That is where the matter of faith comes into play … the peace of God passes all understanding, and that peace allows us to put the urgency in perspective.(Have any of you read Charles Hummel’s little booklet “Tyranny of the Urgent”?It’s good!) All of our lives can be consumed by urgent demands, yet if we take a step back, we realize that many, perhaps even most of those urgent demands aren’t all that important after all.
So, may the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord smile upon you, and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord look upon you with favor, and grant you peace.
PS: blood counts continue to follow the trend of previous cycles we begin chemo again on Feb. 23, if all continues to be stable.