Passage: Luke 4:38-5:11
Reflection: Peter and Jesus probably had a relationship like Moses and God- one of brutal honesty (check out yesterday’s post for more on Moses!). Of the twelve apostles, it’s pretty clear that Peter had a special role from the beginning. When we read about Peter’s call we don’t usually begin with the healing of Simon’s Mother-in-law but that healing sets the scene for Simon/Peter’s call to be an apostle. Peter is an established fisherman- if he hadn’t seen what Jesus could do earlier, do you think he would have responded with such obedience? And when the result is so much fish that the boat is in danger of sinking, it hits Peter like a ton of bricks that he’s not just in the presence of holiness: he’s in the presence of the Divine. He probably had the most at stake by leaving everything to follow Jesus: he left behind his career and the possibility of stability for his family in order to become one of Jesus’s closest friends and followers. Thank God for Simon Peter!
Questions for Reflection:
1. Peter’s first reaction to Jesus’ request to put the nets out again is tired, but obedient. Place yourself in Peter’s shoes for a moment. What is it about Jesus that convinces you to do as he asks? How do you react when you catch as much as you do? How do you respond when Jesus offers you the chance of a lifetime- to follow Him?
2. Every yes is at the same time a no to something else. Saying Yes to ministry was also a No to a different career path. For some of us, saying Yes to religious life or ordained life meant saying No to life as a married man or woman. What have you left behind or set aside in order to be a follower of Jesus, to be an apostle to young people?
Check in tomorrow, we’ll be talking about a very important person’s vocation to ministry- YOU!