Galilee was the "wild west" of Palestine, a rough, unruly place with bandits and revolutionaries wandering about and a population which was considered by the religious elites in Jerusalem to be uncouth and semi-literate religiously and infected by the paganism of the area. It was called the "Galilee of the Gentiles" because there was a large population of Hellenistic pagans mixed in with the Jews who had only recently begun to resettle a land which had been devastated by earlier wars.
A rough parallel to what Jesus did when he walked along the lakeside and summoned his disciples would be if he had walked down the pain street of Tombstone Arizona and selected the odd cowboy and merchant and drifter for his band. He certainly did not search for the best and the brightest of his time, though he probably knew of what the men would be capable in years ahead. There are, perhaps, more potentially great men (in the world) than humankind recognizes.
Fr. Greeley's Last Book:
This is a
story for those who cannot understand why Jesus didn’t use better taste
Then our hero choose the second and third worst until he had chosen the four worst players. These guys think they’re hot stuff (not his exact word!) he send to his bedraggled team mates. They think they’re going to mop up the court with us. Lets teach them a lesson. Well, the other guys were so over confident that they missed their shots and the poor team beat them 21-10. See, the winning captain whispered to the losing captain, I am so good I can win with inferior players. So there too. Did Jesus do the same thing?
Gospel Mk 1:14-20After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.
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