Prayer: Your goodness, O Lord, overflows within us like a net full of fish. Prepare us today to accept Your call to be a fisher of all. May we share Your Good News with those we meet this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Read St Luke 5: 8 – 11
Simon now has a net full of fish. His partners have a net full of fish. And Simon is overwhelmed.
Simon falls on his knees in front of Jesus (a sign of respect) and says, “Master leave me. I am a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself”.
Jesus says to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women”. And they followed Jesus.
Many years ago Knox Church Torrance Sunday School gave us a picture of two children fishing. On the bottom of the picture it says, “And I will make you fishers of men”. This wonderful picture has been an inspiration over the years – especially when ministry got tough and disheartening. It was wonderful to know that not only did the Sunday School Students and Teachers want to give an awesome gift to their minister, but without knowing it… over the years these very same Sunday School Students and Teachers have been our teachers in making us fishers for Christ. It is when we open up our hearts in hope and see Jesus, can Jesus work in our lives so that others may be helped.
Today ask yourself how Jesus is asking you to be a fisher of men and women and youth and children.
Prayer: How, O Lord, are You calling us to be a fisher of men and women and youth and children? Prepare our hearts today so that we can hear Your call and act upon it with love and hope. Amen.