St. Ignatius invites us to use our imaginations to pray ourselves right into the Gospels. By using all of our senses, we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel the story unfold. When I pray with today’s text, I imagine myself as Zebedee, in my boat on the Sea of Galilee with my sons. I see Jesus walking along the shore. I feel the breeze blowing across the water. I smell the wet fishing nets.

Suddenly, I hear Jesus calling to Peter and Andrew, to James and John, “Come, follow me!” I watch as all four immediately leave what they are doing and follow Jesus. And I think, “Yo, guys—what about me? What am I supposed to do with this boat all by myself?”

Finally I wonder, what is God calling me to do? Today. Now. Am I ready to “put down my nets” and respond wholeheartedly to God’s call?

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.





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