When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.” (Luke 5:4-11)
Peter had never caught such a large number of fish, as he did that day. It was a spiritual miracle that took place.
When Peter saw that the nets were tearing under the weight of how many fish there were, he knelt down and recognised that he was a sinner. Usually, there is not much emphasis put on this part, but how often do we forget that we are sinners? How many times do we forget to ask for forgiveness for the sins we commit consciously and unconsciously? We need to be humble. We are all sinners.
Peter was a businessman up until that point. That day, he hit the jackpot! Jesus asked him to leave it all behind and follow Him, and Peter immediately adhered to His call.
How many of us are able to do this, to forsake everything and put the greatest emphasis on Jesus?
Peter didn’t think about anything else; he made Jesus more important than everyone and everything. Jesus became his all. This is what it means to live by faith.
God bless you.
Bishop Randal Brito