At your command, I will lower the nets

Gospel of the Day: 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.

Questions of the Day

  • What is Jesus asking you to do, perhaps…
    • an invitation just a little away from shore, not too far from land or the familiar?
    • at an odd time, or an unexpected place, or after a previously failed effort?
    • a call to deeper waters, or away from what you know?
  • Are you ready for Jesus to get all the credit, and admit “I am a sinful man”?
  • Jesus was always about the business of his Father. Peter, James, and John left everything behind. Are you about your own business, or the business of Jesus?
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