By Linda Tancs

The expression “in the same boat” connotes a state of camaraderie, or commiseration. The apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John were in the same boat, fishermen called to discipleship by Jesus. Just regular folks going about their business, invited by a stranger to associate with Him and participate in His missionary work (Matthew 4:18-22). We’re all in the same boat as those first followers, just ordinary people called to do what only we can do, to be part of a plan we may never fully realize or understand. As theologian John Henry Newman put it, each of us is “a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.” We each have a mission not committed to anyone else.

Get in the boat.


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