first followers


    I do wonder what was
    left out of the story.
    Jesus would walk up and
    say, “Come follow me”
    and people just walked
    off from fishing boats
    and families to catch
    people, be puzzled by
    parables, and remain
    gainfully unemployed.

    Part of me is curious
    about what was not
    worth remembering.
    Most of me marvels
    at their unflinching
    faith, which feels far
    from familiar, for
    I have promises to keep.
    Go ahead, Jesus –
    I’ll catch up later.



    1. I like the explanation that the rest was left out intentionally, at least by Mark, to make a theological point.
      So it was not that they must have known of Jesus and admired him anyway, but that we are told that discipleship happens when Jesus calls.
      And this is in contrast to contemporary discipleship where a person asks a rabbi if they can be a disciple, and the rabbi assesses them to see if they ‘make the grade.’

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