On the surface it would be easy to hear today’s story (Luke 5:1-11) as one in which Jesus fulfills the desires of Peter and the others; the desire to catch fish, the desire to be successful, the desire to make a living. I don’t think that’s a correct reading of this story. I don’t think that’s what happened. I think there is more to this than fish, success, and making a living. Here’s why I say that. What did they do with the fish, their success, the money they would have made at the market, once they got back to shore? “They left everything and followed [Jesus].” They walked away. Those were not the end of the story but the beginning of the story. Their initial desires took them to the lake but it was a “desire beyond desire” that called them beyond the lake.
Tag: Epiphany 5C
Guaranteed Catch – A Sermon for Epiphany 5C
The collect and readings for today, the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, may be found here. The gospel appointed for today is Luke 5:1-11: Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in…