feathery coral

Mark’s account of the calling of the disciples is remarkably bare and rapid-paced. It takes a mere four verses, Mark 1:16–20, for Simon and Andrew to leave their fishing nets by the shore of the Sea of Galilee and follow Christ. . . .His passion, death, and resurrection are not merely the events that mark the end of the way. They are the very reason for the way, for this whole mysterious and almost unimaginable story that Simon, Andrew, and each one of us have chosen to place ourselves in. And still, at the end of it all, we know no more about the disciples’ decision to leave everything and follow Christ than what those four brief, enigmatic verses tell us: he called them, and they left their father, Zebedee, and followed him.

Conversion matters, of course, but more important is the story it begins.