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That's Enthusiasm!

He left Nazareth and went down to live in Capernaum by the sea Oe
Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

Sermon Topic Enthusiasm

Sermon Week Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 4:13


In today's Gospel Lesson, Jesus begins His public ministry by moving from His own village of Nazareth to the larger city of Capernaum. It is evident that He was reaching out to a larger audience. It is evident also, that from the beginning, Jesus evoked an enthusiastic response from many people.

In today's Lesson, Jesus walks along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Two brothers named Simon and Andrew are casting their fishing net into the water. Jesus says to them, "Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt. 4:19). Whereupon, Simon and Andrew abandon their nets and become His followers. That's enthusiasm!

Jesus than walks a little farther along the shore. Two other brothers, named Andrew and John, are in a boat, preparing for a day's fishing with their father. Jesus calls them. Immediately, Andrew and John leave their father, their boat, their nets, and begin to follow Him.

Responding to the Presence of God in Jesus Christ, they leave their families, their homes, their jobs, their boats, their nets -- everything! That's enthusiasm!

First two, then two more, and soon there are vast crowds following Jesus with such enthusiasm that at one point they want "to carry Him off and make Him king" (Jn. 6:15). Despite their enthusiasm, their understanding and appreciation of Jesus' Presence in their midst was still unclear. Such were their doubts and fears that they began to call His leadership into question. They wanted Jesus to do it their way. Jesus literally had to die, and rise again, before they would understand and appreciate the invitation to "Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men." And so, when we get to the Book of Acts, we see the New Testament Community responding to the call with a whole new quality of enthusiasm. After Jesus' Resurrection and the first Pentecost, they came to understand and appreciate the greatness of God's Love and the power of God's Love which Jesus had made available to them: the power to do miracles, the power to be healers of men, the [...]

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