Reading: Luke 5.1-11 NLT
One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”
“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.
Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Prayer: Lord Jesus – Break into my ordinary activities… so that I can listen to you and seee you at work… in the world around me… today. And when I have listened… and taken it to heart… compel me – by the power of your Spirit – to respond without hesitation or reservation. All to the glory of God, the Father. Amen.
Hymn: “Jesus Calls Us, O’er the Tumult” – by Cecil F Alexander (1852)
Note from The Peanut Gallery: You may already realize that the “Daily Readings” are taken from a slow reading through the “Gospel of Luke.” Upon completion, my intention is to continue reading through “Acts of the Apostles”… since it continues the story begun in the Gospel. The idea is to reflect first on what Jesus said and did… and then on what those who followed him said and did.
On Sundays, however, I will return to lectionary readings from the USCCB… since many churches follow the same lectionary readings.