Journey into Freedom Day 28

The Miraculous Catch of fish: Jesus surrounded by people on the shores of the lake

Preparation: Begin by stilling, then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask that I may know Jesus more intimately, love him more dearly and follow him more closely.

Setting: Consider the Bible passage below, you can imagine you are Simon Peter, a person in the crowd, or even Jesus. What do you see, do and feel?

Luke 5:1-11 HCSB

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I’ll let down the nets.”

When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.

“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people!” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.

The Miraculous Catch of fish: Jesus surrounded by people on the shores of the lake

Follow the meditation on Scripture with a conversation with God and a Final Prayer.

A Thought for Today: However, many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.  John Calvin

The Surprise

Simon Peter was so surprised at the daytime catch of so many fish that he begged Jesus to leave him. He was more comfortable with the familiar. He recognised himself as a sinner, not a saint.

Sometimes it seems easier to settle for a mediocre life; a life that doesn’t stretch us, a life that is familiar. Yet the call of Christ for us is to live life to the full, overcoming our weaknesses to use our talents in ways that might surprise us.

Lord, help me to be open to your surprises