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  1. I had two thoughts: When the fisher of men finds less than stellar fish in his net, how much of that is the men and how much is a reflection of the fisherman? Also, I wonder sometimes if the answer to THAT question has a lot to do with what happens AFTER the men are caught…..

    1. Hello Laurie – this is a well thought through contribution. Yes, it is a reflection on the fisher and the fished on both thoughts. – Eric

      P/s I posted a comment in your blog Narrowly escaped death today. It is probably sitting in your blog spam folder. Anway, here is what I said:

      “This goes off in many tangents – one a turning into a howler…”

    1. That is great – this post is also quite political. The ‘fisher of men’ turned out to be quite a red herring.

      Thank you for your visit and kind comment. Cheers, Eric

    2. P/s I posted a comment on your > Tribute to the giving tree. It did not come through but here it is – We are killing our lungs. (It is probably sitting in your blog spam folder)

  2. I think that (just my opinion) it has to do with going out and doing things for God. We are fishers of men and we are supposed to live for God and also go out and be witnesses. We are supposed to go out and bring those who don’t know God to become a follower of Christ. We are fishers of men.

  3. Eric, it all depends upon where we cast our nets, whether we collect offal or whether we collect saints-in-the-making. Also, the nature of the “catch” is determined by which type of fish monger we choose to conduct business with, doesn’t it?

  4. Okay I know “fishers of men” is more related to religion but when I first read this I thought of our current government who are desperate to hang on to power and are steadily lowering their standards to try to buy (catch?) votes.
    Anyway their catch is diminishing as is the quality. 🙂

    1. The religious angle is obvious but I am very impressed by this, a political slant. Refreshing indeed. A few other commentators also came up with non-religious views. Creativity and wisdom has no bounds.

      I reckon you speak of the Aussie govt, but I think it applies to a good many govts around the world. In this event, guess who the offal are…

  5. Too bad the ‘net’ has no intelligence to differentiate qualities in the men gathered. One can only sift through and determine which is useful and which ones are to be tossed back into the sea!… and perhaps too, even the offal may be put to good use if considered carefully. Sometimes the least becomes the greatest if we maximise on their potential. There are several perspectives racing through my thoughts but I think I’ll stop here. Very provocative post as always.

    1. Very true – there are many interpretations and done deliberately so. I see that you’ve picked up on quite a few. I like especially the positivity you convey > “even the offal may be put to good use if considered carefully”

    1. You got it Dee – very succinct.

      I must congratulate you for not taking the religious route. Many feel that ‘fishers of men’ is biblical. It is…but not exclusive.

      It is like saying ‘Assalamu Alaikum’ – some Muslims feel this is exclusive to them. Well, I respect their opinion. Hopefully, they respect mine.

      Assalamu Alaikum means Peace unto you > something that many of us Christians use, taken from Our Lord. It is the same meaning but in Arabic. Yet some think it is exclusive to Islam. Kinda strange when one considers the Bible pre-dates the Koran.

      When I said Assalamu Alaikum – some Muslims scolded me. The Catholics are no better – they also scolded me.

      That is why I said in this post > many metaphors and we each see what we want to. But to please respect everyone’s opinions.

      You are deeply religious > but you are also wise and discerning.

      Peace, Eric

  6. Hi Eric,

    I take this two ways, both of them in the context of religion, because of the phrase “fishers of men” used by Jesus. Either that the people who are evangelised are hypocritical and not very good recruits, or the one that I prefer, that the people are the so called scum of the earth. These are the people Jesus was accused of associating with, and the people who God can use because they are broken, and therefore more likely to be open to being used by Him.

  7. When searching for spiritual food – we tend to cling on to the stuff that is not good for us – that’s my take on it for today…it may change the next time I read it!! 🙂

    1. This comment is sweet and beautiful. It reveals a few characteristics:

      (i) An all too obvious fact
      (ii) You’ve given your take for now
      (iii) You’ve hinted that you don’t know it all
      (iv) You made clear that as you grow – you’re willing to relook past positions

      These show a very mature, wise and humble person.

      Very refreshing and thank you, Eric 🙂

      1. Thank you 🙂
        Only because I have been around some amazingly inspiring Buddhists for a very long time which has enabled me to wake up to myself! 🙂

  8. very beautiful Eric! Loved the way, we try to net out the things we want ,in which there’s nothing except greed,jealousy,crime,sin,hatred …Instead of gathering the real nectar…we fill in our hands with dirt and grime of feelings and conscience..

  9. Fishers of men …
    Those who fish for those who have nought …
    Those who fishers can mould, manipulate and abuse …
    Orphans most at risk: starving, abandoned and homeless …
    I hear their silent screams, I feel their aching bellies, I cry too …

  10. All mankind are like fish what we feed off is most important. What we put into our bodies or discussions we get involved in, like gossip, verbal bullying, can render us like offal, some unfit to eat. Yet we tell other mankind how to act,what to say , how we say it. Who are we to judge? But those that have a good strong net (work) will be able to fish longer but those who obey as to where to cast the nets will produce more than anyone else and will always prosper.

    1. Ah, true sentiments these.

      If we knowingly cast our net into a cesspit…

      We first need to discern before choosing the spot to cast our net

      Thank you – your comment resonates for me 🙂

  11. Work reference – you have a gather of poor fare or collection of “offal”, the output is poor decisions and inefficiency. People don’t think much of HR, but the recruitment affects the results. That was what come to my mind when I read this.

    1. I didn’t get the meaning of your comment. But I know your work enough to realise the problem was with me and not your words. I set aside and revisited this morning and it became clear.

      It says this to me > to each his own, the paths many but destination the same. Therefore, why do you busy yourself showing directions to others when you are lost yourself.

      Perhaps I read you wrong, but this came to me.

    1. People don’t live the faith they promote – often we hear ‘Do as I say and not as I do’ – this seems to give license to stray > ‘If the priest can do it, why not me…’

  12. Aren’t we all sometimes offal, I mean awful?
    If we look down on our fellow man, then we don’t really love them like we’re supposed to. p.s. I had to look up the word ‘offal’-

    1. You are right that we should not look down on fellow man.

      The next time someone thinks he hears god speaking to him and he blows up innocents…let us hope that it is not our loved ones splattered on the road.

  13. so beautifully written,we the humans have never ever understood God and his world..it was such a huge gift free to all,and look what we did
    greed blinded us and we forgot we could have had it all and now for a piece of land we fight

  14. Hmmm…I hear you…like being fishers of men…not sure I like catching only a few and do not like the quality of the catch — can I say – I need more…

    1. Taken at a religious level – not of any particular religion but refers to all – perhaps the question is, what type of ‘men’ as in ‘people’ are you gathering?

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