Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fishers of Men?

We often hear the Gospels on the call of the apostles applied to we lay people, in that we are all called to be fishers of men. I realized recently (though it has always bothered me) that this is not true. The apostles and their successors are called to be fishers of men.

I think we lay people are called to be "the bait." We're the ones who are supposed to live our faithful Christian Lives in the public square in such a way that we make the Life attractive to non-believers. We're supposed to live in such a way, faithful to the model of Christ, that non-Christians will feel drawn to the Life, will think: "I want what they have."

True, on occasion, we might a call to more actively evangelize on a specific occasion, and some few might even be called to be lay apostles, but I think the vast majority of lay people are called to live as other Christs in the world, so faithful, so real, so attractive, that others will be led to "the fishers" and will be drawn into the net and eventually, into the Boat of the Church.