Jesus’ Life: Chapter 4 – Jesus’ Ministry In Galilee (Part 1)
A large crowd pressed around Jesus on the shore of Lake Gennesaret so, He got into a boat and Simon Peter moved it a little way from the shore. From there, Jesus was able to sit down and teach the people.
When Jesus had finished, he said to Simon Peter, “Put out into the deep water and lower [your] nets for a catch”. Simon answered, ““Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing! But at your word, I will lower the nets”.
As Simon Peter and the other disciples tried to haul the nets back in, the number of fish caught was so great that the nets began to tear. They called another boat to assist and together they filled each so full of fish that both were near to sinking.
Simon Peter, realising that the catch was the miraculous work of Jesus, fell to his knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” Jesus responded, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
When the disciples rowed their boats to shore, “They left everything and followed [Jesus].” (Luke 5:1-11)
In times of trouble or adversity, we often turn to Jesus for help. However, in times of riches or rewards, do we turn to Jesus, leave everything and follow him, like the disciples?
Lord Jesus, allow me not to be overwhelmed by troubles or treasures. Instead, let me dwell in your heart; transform me, Lord, and cleanse me.
Prayer: Guidance (Basil of Caesarea)
Steer the ship of my life, good Lord,
to your quiet harbour,
where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
Show me the course I should take.
Renew in me the gift of discernment,
so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
knowing that through enduring hardship and danger,
in your name, we shall find comfort and peace.