The Gospel of Luke portrays Simon Peter as the first of Jesus’ disciples to be called and commissioned. He is also the first disciple to recognize his sinful condition, prostrating himself before Jesus. This scene, found in Luke 5:1-11, is reminiscent of Isaiah’s commissioning (Isaiah 6), when the prophet saw the exalted Lord Almighty and became fearfully aware of his own moral failing. And yet, the account of Peter’s conviction is laced with grace since Peter, as Isaiah, received a call instead of a reprimand. Our worship experience will feature the message, Caught Up in Jesus, and will include the traditional imposition of the ashes.
Luke 5:1-11 (NRSV)
1Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3He 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. 4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7So 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. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10and 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.” 11When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.