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Master…at Your request I will lower the nets

Master…at Your request I will lower the nets

Once Jesus finished speaking to the crows from the bow of Peter’s boat, He turned to the brawny fisherman and said: "Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch." Lk. 5:4 He was talking about the catch of a lifetime.

Certainly, the idea seemed intriguing to Peter, but was it plausible? Peter was a leader – a man other turned to for wisdom concerning the sea. Jesus’ request appeared preposterous, if not crazy. No one fished in the Sea of Galilee during the daytime. It was done at night in shallow water.

Yet Peter obediently responded: "Master…at Your request I will lower the nets." Disregarding the questionable looks of his peers, Peter raised the ship’s sails and headed out into deep water.

The result of his obedience was a great abundance of fish, so many that the nets began to break and the boat began to sink.

There is a subtle switch here coming from Peter. He switches from calling Jesus, "Master" to "Lord." He said, "Depart from me LORD, for I am a sinful man." On the surface that might not look like much but St. Paul tells us, "It is by the Holy Spirit that we know Jesus is Lord."

What has God placed a finger on in your life that requires you to launch out into the deep? Is it family, friends, a relationship that needs healing or an unmet goal. St. Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Remember Peter wasn’t alone in the boat and neither are you. Jesus sailed out there with Peter. So raise the sails of your life. Go out to the deep and prepare for a huge catch in was you may have never expected.

 


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