Our gospel story this week (Matthew 4:12-23) is so well known – many of us will remember Sunday School songs about “I will make you fishers of men” that involve a lot of bobbing up and down and clapping. (In many ways this version of the call of the disciples is better known than John’s account that we reflected on last week) Most of us will have heard many very serious sermons and altar calls to this text. All responses speak a truth, or speak to the deep truths hidden in this simple tale.
Our gospel reading this week really has three parts to it. Firstly Jesus leaves the wilderness of temptation and preparation for his ministry to find that John the Baptist has been arrested. So Matthew’s gospel is contin