This tool of the trade that four of the Apostles leave behind is more than just an accessory.
Nets. Fishing nets.
When Jesus calls Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, they are—all four men—with their nets. The nets are the tool of their trade. They were fishermen. But when Christ comes into their lives the nets are left behind.
What is the meaning of the nets? After all, it was not just any trade these apostles would leave behind. They could have been carpenters like the Lord. They could have been tax collectors, like Matthew. But these four are fishermen and the Gospel tells us that they leave their nets. What does it mean? How should we think of the nets?
How many times do we ourselves look at the choices in our lives and think, “that was a mess”?Pope Francis is very fond of an image of Our Lady that he discovered as a student in Germany. In this devotion to the Blessed Mother she is known as “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.” It brings to mind the phrase from the poet Walter Scott, “O, what a tangled web we weave …” Knots, tangled cords, ropes, lines, wires … they are symbols of the snarls and kinks that, left to our own devices, we so often fill our lives with.