Reflection on the book “Fishers of Men”
by RJ Moriones
The trumpet was sounded strongly and its echo continued until present time. “The kingdom of heaven is at hand! Repent and believe in the Good News.” This was the message He spoke many years ago but do this message still ring a bell in the hearts and minds of people nowadays? Why were they, early Christians, so eager to spread what they’ve heard and learned from a man from Nazareth?
Upon hearing this Good News it changed their lives forever. They completely understood that a life with Him is the best life ever. It changed them from fishermen to fishers of men. The Words and Works transformed them to be man for others. It propelled them to reach out for more who needs to hear the saving work of Jesus.
We were commissioned and as baptized Catholics our mission is to go out and proclaim also the Good News. The apostles started it and we need to follow by faith. Accept Him and we will be saved. This is the formula since then but not everyone who heard the instructions followed.
The reality is many still needs to be fully aware of this great blessing that was bestowed upon them since the beginning of time. Some of the people of God who have heard the Good News became a victim of the trap the enemy laid down.
We, those who have heard the great call, need to speak boldly the Truth. We need to be a powerful witness of His life. We need to be a persistent evangelizer all for His greater glory. This proclamation of His saving power must be our outmost concern. We leave our nets behind and follow the great fisher of men. Urgency is a key in this kind of work for the Lord.
Jesus needed someone who is bold but humble; servant but leader. We can respond by sounding our own trumpets. We bring the cause of Christ to where He placed us – proclaim the Truth in every journey we are in.
We are already in the end times and we don’t need to slouch and watch the enemy take what is already for God. We wage war against the enemy by sounding the trumpet of evangelization. We wage war of love in a broken world.
God promises a abundant catch for those who faithfully respond to the call. We never can tell what is in store for us. No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind can ever thought of what the Lord has prepared for those who evangelize for Him. As evangelizer what we give up cannot be compared to the things we can gain from Him. We are not called to be successful but we are called to be faithful.
Let us continue to sound the trumpet even to the ends of the earth. Fear, pain and persecutions may come our way but we must be steadfast in pursuing the goal which is to meet God face to face in heaven. Let us be inspired by the words of Peter and John. “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard”. (Acts 4:20)