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Epiphany 3 (A)

Rev’d Philip Heak

In a recent survey a somewhat exasperated young father describes parenthood as “always filled with joy, but sometimes not much fun.”

Most parents today could probably relate to his words. For being father or mother, with all its wonder and joys, is not easy in any age. Good parenting invariably entails a great deal of giving and self-sacrifice – which as we all know is “sometimes not much fun.”

That father’s remark somehow is an interesting comment as we reflect today on our gospel account of the calling of the disciples – particularly James and John, the sons of Zebedee.

“Immediately he called them,” Matthews gospel tells us of Jesus and these two seemingly inseparable brothers, “and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.”