This Lent: F is for Fishers of Men

 

After he 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 dont this, they caught a great number of fish.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

Jesus said to Simon, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Luke 5: 4-6, 8, 10, Matthew 4:19)

Simon was a simple Jewish fisherman. NJot a scholar, Pharisee or Saducee. He knew fishing and taking care of his family. He was a sinner and well aware of his shortcomings. Jesus was aware of them too and yet he still shose Simon Peter and Matthew, a tax collector, and the other men who would become the first twelve apostles.

Jesus didn’t chose the Saducees, Pharisees or the politicians, although he would have welcomed them if they believed. Instead he chose commoners, sinners and disenfranchised people just like you and I.

Jesus took the soft clay, the imperfect clay and molded it into the perfect jar to spread His Father’s message. He does the same with you and I.

Lord Jesus I am but a humble sinner. Please mold me, teach me, make me into one of your Fishers of Men. Amen.

Thank you and God Bless,

All for the Glory of God,

Christina Weigand

 

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