Call of Simon, Andrew, James and
John. Luke 5:1-11
Once, while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets." When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people." When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Launch out into the Deep
imon and Andrew were cleaning the nets after a nights fishing when Jesus asked Simon to pull his boat out on to the water. Seated in the boat, Jesus taught the crowd lining the shore. Finished, he turned to Simon “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." It wasn't a question of throwing a net over the side and waiting on a catch but of lowering a heavy triple net into the water as the boat was rowed forward. Hard work, they had been doing it all night long and caught nothing. Now it is full light, no time for fishing. To an experienced fisherman Jesus’ request must have sounded ridiculous. The unspoken thought in Peter’s mind; you are from Nazareth, what would you know about fishing! Something caused him to pause and say: “Master at you word I will let down the nets.” While Jesus or Andrew took the oars, Simon let down the nets, a lesson in trust. Overwhelmed by the catch and the implication that Jesus is setting a seal on his call to discipleship, Simon is fearful. Jesus said: "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people."
Fishers of People
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries