With the crowds pressing in on Jesus along the seashore, he climbs into Simon’s boat and asks him to row a short distance from the shore. From there Jesus teaches the crowds, then asks Simon to put out into the deep to let his nets down for a catch. A carpenter is telling a fishing professional how and where to fish! Exasperated at this request, Simon nevertheless does as directed. He gathers such a huge catch of fish that he beckons his colleagues in a second boat to help out. There are so many fish, both boats are near sinking. Jesus tells them that henceforth they will be fishing for people instead of fish. They leave their boats and follow him.
Our call to Christian life and service can come unexpectedly. Simon and his cohorts weren’t in the synagogue or temple. Jesus found them at their workplace. Our deepest faith life experiences may come where Jesus finds us. It could be at a worship service, but it might be in our home, our workplace, or when we are at leisure.
How can you use me, dear Lord? Where can you use me? Let me be your servant. Let me follow you. Amen. — JRG