So are the members of the rather more successful Anquetil family – especially James and John Anquetil. Along with their father they’ve been transforming fishing into big business – for Jersey, that is. It’s reckoned they have to meet a pretty big weekly wage bill - by fishing the seas around Jersey.
By the way, there’s been one major “happening” to do with this Jesus. All four of us were there on the sands at La Pulente when Jesus joined the queue of those who were waiting to be immersed by Jean, those who were deeply sorry about their sins and wanted to be washed.
Apparently the two men are related – through their mothers. Jean clearly knew something about this man Jesus because, strange indeed, he said that he was totally beneath Jesus in every way – so far beneath Jean that, according to Jean, he wouldn’t even qualify to untie Jesus’ shoes.
But that’s not what was special when Jesus was at La Pulente. Jean asked Jesus to think again about being immersed alongside sinful Jersey folk. Jesus had to plead with Jean to allow that. Jesus wanted to do every good thing that had to be done so as to please Almighty God.
Jean relented; Jesus was immersed; a fantastic thing happened. The skies opened; something like a dove flew around; a voice from on high spoke loud and clear. None of the four of us can forget it. “This is my Son; my greatly loved; I’m very pleased with him.”
All this at La Pulente. A few days ago.
And today this Jesus has come down to Greve de Lecq when Andrew and I were about to go out to sea. This very day he’s asked us to follow him.....
Well, to be absolutely correct he didn’t ask. He quietly said to both of us, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” We’ve both done just that – followed him. And then, across the bay he’s done the same with the Anquetil brothers - the successful James and John. Their father was upset but he can just hire some more men to replace them.
Andrew and I intend to leave our old boat and tackle at Greve de Lecq for the time being.