Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
1 While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
2 He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
3 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.
4 After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
7 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.
8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
9 For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,
10 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.”
11 When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Our gospel for today is from Luke 5:1-11 which talks about following Jesus and His ways. Jesus used every situation and circumstance to communicate his message of salvation. In our gospel from Luke 5:1-11, Jesus was able to catch His disciples.
The apostles were fishermen who depended on the sea for their living. When Jesus called them, they left everything and followed Him. One disciple in the name of Peter saw the miracle. It was then that Peter realized that he was a sinner in need of forgiveness. This is the first step necessary to follow Jesus.
In Luke 5:1-11, the apostles knew nothing about the great miracle that will happen tot them. When Jesus told them “Do not be afraid, from now on you will catch people” they left their boats and followed Him. This is the real manifestation that Jesus calls His disciples through His miracles.
In our daily lives, we can see that Jesus is calling us to become His disciples in our own ways. God will bless us with enough of wealth and health. The real message here is in the last few words: ‘they left everything and followed him’. The fishermen left behind them their great catch. Instead they became His disciples because they hare captivated by His holiness.
As Christians, we must dig deep the true meaning of our faith. Wealth here on earth is nothing because we all die and will go back to the earth. While we are still alive, we must make sure we follow Jesus through our actions.
We are now in a world where everything is fake and worldly. If we want to follow Jesus, we must endure hardships and offer sacrifices for our fellowmen. It is by this gesture that we become His disciples. It is by this that we enter the Kingdom of Heaven. – Clea | Helpline PH