During the Epiphany season in most lectionary years, we hear Gospel accounts of Jesus calling the disciples to “follow me.” Today (Jan. 25) we hear Mark’s account of Jesus calling Simon (Peter) and Andrew, and then James and John.
One of our Communion hymns today is a beautiful hymn written by Cesareo Gabarain (1936-1991), a Spanish priest and composer of liturgical music. The melody of this tune Pescador de hombres (“Fisher of men”) gently rocks back and forth, as a boat would rock upon the sea. Though Monsenor Gabarain’s life was cut short by cancer, he composed some 500 hymns, many of which are well-known to Spanish-speaking worshipers today. Six major denominational hymnal supplements, including the Episcopal Church’s Wonder, Love, and Praise, contain this beautiful hymn.