ISSL Reflections January 10, 2021, Luke 5:1-11 Post 1

I. Our Scripture for this week presents us the familiar account of Jesus calling Peter and others to follow him.

The passage ends with Jesus telling Peter,

“‘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.” Luke 5:11

As you read the passage a couple of times don’t let those closing words capture all your attention. Pay close attention to Peter. Notice Peter’s conversation with Jesus and his actions.

II.
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.

III.
What do you notice about Peter?

He lends his boat to Jesus. He has a bad night of fishing. Peter the fisherman takes fishing lessons from Jesus the carpenter.

What else do you notice?

What do make of his conversation with Jesus?

If you need to read the passage again to look even more closely into Peter’s words and actions, take some time to do that.

charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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