One of the great errors of our time, found sadly even amongst some Christians, is the reduction of the person of Christ to someone he is not. There is a tendency in the mind of the modern man to view Our Lord as something of a guru, but not Christ; as human, but not divine; as a teacher, but not God. Thomas Jefferson, for instance, regarded the bible very highly for its moral message but he disliked anything which struck of the Lord’s divinity, so he literally cut and paste his own version and gave it the rather bland title, ‘The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth’. It is a rather bland title because there is little point in taking any of the words of Our Blessed Lord seriously, unless we take them all seriously. As C. S. Lewis famously said, Christ was either mad, bad, or God.
In the account of the calling of the apostles in the gospel according to Saint Mark, we are presented with an important lesson in the Christian life. We know that the response of the fishermen, of Simon (who will be called Peter), Andrew, James, and John, was to leave their work and follow Christ, and we know that their action was immediate; they did not hear the call and consider it, but dropped everything to follow their Lord. But who are these men to be called by Christ? We know them of course by name, but why did the Lord call them to be his apostles, together, and so make them what we might call the four cornerstones of the Christian Church?