So, continuing on my speculations of yesterday, I’m wondering about that net, surely an expensive thing. And the other fishermen with Peter and Andrew, since casting a net and heaving it back in would likely require more than just two pair of hands. What did their fisherbuddies think? What would I think if one of my colleagues abandoned her or his job to join some guy talking weird about fishing people and going around saying “Follow me” to all the able-bodied guys around?
It gets even more dramatic: “Going on from there, [Jesus] saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him” (Matthew 4:21-22).
Immediately. They're preparing nets—so, not yet out on the water. They just step out into the shallow water and take off.
And their father's like, “Boys! Sons! Get back here and help me!” No fish that day—or, probably, for many days after that. No fish. No money. No work. Wife yelling at him. Little ones hungry.
But mostly, the worry about those boys—good boys, Zebedee’s helpers, their parents’ hope, their pension in their old age—going off after a guy who does magic tricks at wedding parties. It all happened so fast—immediately, at once—they hardly knew how to process it, how to talk about it to each other, much less to their friends and neighbors, the people they went to church with.
When Zebedee and his wife encounter James and John in town, or maybe at church—since, weirdly, they still showed up there on occasion—the boys told them, “But he’s for real. It really happened. We saw the water in those jars, drank the wine!”
Clearly it was already too late to talk them out of this silliness. As John himself tells us and probably told them, “What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him” (John 2:11).