Empty Net? – Good News for September 2

2 09 2010

Luke 5:1-11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. 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.

After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”

When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. 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. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, 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.” When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.

The Daily Path: It’s hard to fathom how Simon and company could just walk away from what was possibly their most lucrative catch ever as fisherman. But in that moment they were touched by God. Suddenly these men were freed of “human think”, enabling them to follow Christ while leaving their livelihood and jackpot catch behind.

So often in the Gospel we hear Jesus say, “Do not be afraid.” Yet most of the time we cling to what we know, afraid to take that leap of faith… even when we know what we cling to is fleeting at best. The net before us may appear full but is it really?