One day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret
while the people pushed their way up to him to listen to the word
of God. He
saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fishermen had left them
washing the nets. Jesus got into one of the boats - it belonged to
Simon - and
asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the
boat and taught
When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Push the boat
out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down
your nets for
"Master," Simon answered, "we worked hard all night long and
caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets."
They let them down and caught such a large number of fish
that the nets were about to break.
So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come
and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that
the boats were
about to sink. When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on
before Jesus and said, "Go away from me, Lord! I am a sinful
He and the others with him were all amazed at the large
number of fish they had caught. The same was true of Simon's
and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be
afraid; from now
on you will be catching people."
They pulled the boats up on the beach, left
everything, and followed Jesus.
A story about the disciples and the way in which
they begin to learn about how special Jesus was. We see some very
ordinary things such as the washing of nets and special things such
as the miraculous catch of fish. In the story there is a
recognition that Jesus is special and, in the end, is someone that
you might want to follow.