A reading from the gospel according to Luke 5:1-11
1 While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
2 He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
3 Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
4 After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
9 For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,
10 and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
11 When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Good News: From nothing to overflowing
Peter and company were fishermen. Fishing was their livelihood and it is safe to say they were expert in this field. They know where to find the fish. Yet one particularly night, they caught nothing. And so, the next morning, they were there on the shore, disappointed. Unknowingly, it was a moment that could drastically change their life!
It was not the first time for Peter to meet Jesus. Prior to this reading, we saw Jesus heal his mother-in-law. Perhaps it is for this reason that Jesus chose to get into his empty boat and continue teaching. The reading does not tell us what Jesus was teaching about. What is relevant is what happened next.
Jesus tells Peter and company to put out into DEEP water their nets for a catch. After an initial resistance, Peter obeyed the Lord and the miracle happened – nets so full they are about to tear and boats so full they are about to sink. Peter at once realized his sinfulness and asked the Lord to go away. But Jesus instead advised him not to be afraid and that from now on, they will be catching men. With that, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Was it a coincidence that Jesus came into their life at a moment of desperation? Their boats were empty when Jesus got into one of them.
Lessons to learn:
1. When we empty our heart especially from negativities, we provide a space for the Lord.
2. God calls each one of us for what we are not for what we have. Our sinfulness and weakness does not prevent God from loving and calling us.
3. Many times God works in us when we are at our moment of disappointment.
4. God provide all our needs. He blesses us even from nothing to the point of overflowing.
5. He wants us to have a DEEP relationship with him. He wants us to have a deeper understanding of His teachings.
6. Like peter, may we obey Jesus as he sends us out from our comfort zones and into the DEEP unknown where we will experience His guidance and power.
7. Like the apostles, may we be ready to leave our “boats full of fish” because we recognize that Jesus is more important than anything in this world.