The Call of Simon the Fisherman

“The Call of Simon the Fisherman”
Luke 5:1-11 in a tercet
Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 Gloria M. Chang

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. 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. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. 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 5:1-11

At Jesus’ word, Simon lowered his net into the sea.
“Depart from me, Lord!” Peter pled, falling on his knee.
“From now on, you’ll be catching men. Simon, follow me.”

Traditional Chinese Translation

 ”主啊,離開我!” 彼得俯伏,跪了下來。
 “從今以後,你要得人了。 西門,來跟從我。”

4 Replies to “The Call of Simon the Fisherman”

  1. Dear GMC, Your reflection has me humming and singing, especially to:
    “I am the Word that leads all to freedom
    I am the peace the world cannot give
    I will call your name, embracing all your pain
    Stand up, now, walk, and live.”🎵🎶

  2. How often I feel like Simon Peter…unworthy…a sinful creature. It comforts me to know that Jesus didn’t give up on Peter, that the Lord took his sinfulness and turned it into something beautiful and strong. Where would we be without Peter and the countless sinners who followed the I Am of God? How wonderful to know that He will do the same for me.

    1. Hi Theresa! Praise the Lord for Peter, who was transformed by grace into a saint. No material is too poor or degenerate for the God who creates out of nothing. An even greater work than creation, sanctification requires “man’s free response” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2002). The new heavens and the new earth proceed from the “Yes!” of Mary, Jesus, and all the saints—a divine-human work in Christ, King of the Universe. Alleluia!

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