Sunday, February 6, 2022 - Simon was quietly washing his nets yet he caught the words of the rabbi Jesus. Those words were his catch of the day. After all, he and his partners had been out fishing all night and caught nothing except for an occasional nap. Jesus climbs into the boat, Simon pushes off from the shore and the teaching on the catch of the day continues today.
Simon and his crew were tired after working for many hours on the sea with a catch of fish. There were ready to pack up their nets and go home. It is a surprise when Jesus says, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch" (Luke 5:4).
Simon probably swears and thinks to himself. "This is not the time to be fishing, and the fish are not biting today. Besides, the rabbi has very little knowledge about the fishing life. Jesus is the son of a carpenter. Let's go home!" However, their reluctance was overcome with the presence of Jesus among them. "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets" (Luke 5:5). James and John, and the others sailed their two boats into the deep murky water.
The catch is humongous. They caught so many flopping, slippery, smelly, huge, and tiny fish that the boats were in danger. Simon has never seen anything like it. They were unprepared for this massive haul of fish. "Whoa! This rabbi is something!" "He fell at Jesus' knees saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!' "(Luke 5:8).
In the words of the old Sunday school song: "I will make you fishers of men (people). "So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Jesus."
What is the catch of the day? The incredible catch of fish, the incredible catch of these disciples, they drop it all-their business, their home, their way of life, to follow Jesus. Or is it the bait? Join us on Sunday morning worship to hear the catch of the day! Amen