The Lord Calls His Disciples

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The first disciples called by the Lord were fishermen. He told them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). They left their fishing nets and followed Him. In another account, the Lord helped them catch a great number of fish after a night of catching nothing (see Luke 5). This showed the disciples that the Lord would be with them and help them learn how to teach and heal people. The disciples had three years to learn from the Lord, the greatest Teacher of all. They were not perfect men, but they grew through their time with the Lord. The Lord calls us all to become His disciples, learning from His Word and growing with His help.

The Story

  • Read about the Lord calling the first disciples in Matthew 4:18-22 or Luke 5:1-11.
  • Read about the Lord gathering His disciples around Him in Mark 3:14-19.
  • Retelling of the story for children (ages 5-12)
    Retells 3 stories from the gospels about the Lord calling His disciples (Matthew 4, Luke 5, Mark 3).

Ideas for discussion

  1. Who were the first four disciples called by the Lord? (Peter, James, John, and Andrew)
  2. What were Simon Peter and Andrew doing when the Lord called them? (casting a net into the sea to catch fish)
  3. What did the Lord say to them? (“Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”)
  4. What were James and John doing when the Lord called to them? (mending fishing nets in a boat with their father)
  5. How did these four people respond to the Lord’s call? (They immediately left what they were doing and followed the Lord.)
  6. What kind of fishing would these men do as they followed the Lord?
  7. What miracle helped these first disciples understand the Lord’s power to help them? (He told Peter to let down his fishing nets, and they caught an amazing number of fish.)
  8. What would it be like to have someone call you to do something if it meant stopping what you were already doing? Would it be easy? Why do you think these men followed the Lord immediately? (Answers will vary. Clearly, the disciples realized that the Lord was someone special and felt drawn to follow Him.)
  9. How does the Lord call us to be His disciples? (We hear His call when we learn about Him and the teachings of His Word. We follow the Lord when we try to follow what He teaches.)
  10. Being the Lord’s disciple means being led by the Lord and the good and truths which come from Him (see Arcana Coelestia 10490:6).

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