Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ 5 Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Simon Peter and the others had not caught anything all night. When Jesus advised them about where to fish, they did as he asked, hauled in a great catch but then left their nets and followed him in a new way of living.
Today, we are over-fishing and using methods which mean that many species of marine life are unsustainable. When the way in which we live our lives as human beings no longer enables us to flourish in our environment, then we must change.
If you eat fish or shellfish look out for products that carry the Marine Stewardship Council’s blue fish label which certifies sustainable fisheries.
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
Cecil Frances Alexander (1818–1895)
Read about Jesus and the amazing catch of fish
Fish make plenty of appearances in the Bible. Read how Jesus helped Simon Peter and his friends make an unexpected catch of fish in Luke 5.4-11.
|Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.|
Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.