Thursday, September 07, 2006


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. Luke 5:8-10

Little did Peter know how true this was going to become. He followed Jesus, and in this act he ended up catching more than he bargained for.

Imagine if this was us way back then, would we have had this faith as Peter did? But what we read in today's Gospel is not just about the catch of many fish, but Peter's humility. "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." What honesty Peter spoke to Jesus, for the lack of trust and faith in him. Because if we put ourselves in Peter's place, our thoughts at the time may just be as his was. How is it possible for us to catch a net full of fish, when we have tried to catch them all day long, and here is this man saying for us to put the net back into the water and try again. Who does this man think he is anyway. Such thought, would bring about humbleness when the impossible happened. So very many fish to fill not one boat, but two.

To witness such a catch, gave Peter what he needed, to be humbled. He knew who Jesus was, but in his hard headedness, or hard heartedness or rather his stubbornness, refused to have complete trust. Was this then the turning point for Peter, I would say, yes.

Is this our turning point too. When out of the many encounters we have daily with our Lord, can we come to trust in him as well. Will this also be the time where we can say yes Lord I will come and follow you, as the apostles have done after realizing this is what they are to do.

Peter struggled with his belief in Jesus, but in the end Jesus won and Peter did too. Look where it got him and what he achieved. Quite amazing, isn't it.


Brother Lesser said...

God has a way of humbling us when we need it the most. And some of us, like myself, need to be knocked off our horse once in a while...

Marie Cecile said...

Brother Lesser, thank you for your honesty. God love you