Luke 5:1-11: Putting Out into the Deep
Jesus: Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.
Sunday’s Gospel reminds us that when we hug the shoreline, we have little room for growth. During this Lenten season we encourage one another to take stock of where and who we are so that we can move away from the safety of the shallows, so that we can trust God and venture into the frightening but rewarding depths of kingdom-building.
Simon Peter: Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.
Peter reminds us that the waters, boat and nets all belong to the Lord and that the Lord knows far more than we can hope to know. Peter shows us why we can trust God. Jesus shows us that there is bounty where we have found nothing of value.
During the next forty days we will spend time with scripture that gives us the opportunity to open our hearts, un-stiffen our necks . . . and to put out into the deep to fish the waters we think are empty.
Let this be our Lenten practice for the next several days: Rather than think, “This will not work,” let us say instead, “If you say so, Lord”.
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Tomorrow, taking care.