One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked him to row out a little distance from the shore. Jesus sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he finished speaking to the crowds, he said to Simon,“Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.” Simon replied, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and caught nothing. But because you say so, I’ll drop the nets.” So they dropped the nets and their catch was so huge that their nets were splitting. They signaled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They filled both boats so full that they were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw the catch, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Leave me, Lord, for I’m a sinner!” Peter and those with him were overcome with amazement because of the number of fish they caught. James and John, Zebedee’s sons, were Simon’s partners and they were amazed too. Jesus said to Simon,“Don’t be afraid. From now on, you will be fishing for people.” As soon as they brought the boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Food For Thought:
“Even though we may not fully understand where this response will take us and even though some of us will resist, still God waits for our yes…In the places where we give birth to our holy imaginations, God may take root in our hearts…Each time we say yes, the Holy Spirit overshadows us and something new comes to birth in us…Perhaps not yet fully comprehending what our yes may mean, but in faith that surpasses our knowledge and trusting God with our very lives, may we boldly say with Mary: ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ So be it. Amen.” –From Mother Roots by Helen Bruch Pearson
Yes, God! Hear my yes! Like the disciples who began to follow you as soon as they got to shore, I want to begin to follow you more fully! Take root deeply in my heart! Give me faith that surpasses knowledge. I will trust you with my very life and allow you to use my life as an offering. Amen.