Luke provides us with so much more detail than the other Gospel writers. Today we are at the lake of Gennesaret and Jesus' calling of Simon Peter, James and John. He does this calling after performing the miracle of hauling in huge quantities of fish after a day of fruitless fishing and after Peter's remarkable Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!
Jesus tells Peter and James and John not to be afraid and from now on you will be catching people. Jesus calls to him people who do not think they are worthy of the honor, who believe themselves to be sinful. Jesus teaches, performs miracles, preaches and recruits in today's passage. These are things all of us are called to do, no matter how unworthy we may believe we are, how sinful we may think we are. The love Jesus has for us, the understanding Jesus has for us being one of us, makes his invitation irresistible if we simply open ourselves to that gift.
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