At that time, the crowd was pressing in on Jesus, listening to the word of God. Jesus was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, Jesus asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
And when Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.
And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.
1. Who is pressing in on Jesus?
2. What did they want to hear?
3. Listen carefully to the words we say when we sing the second part of the second antiphon in the liturgy. It begins “only-begotten son and word of God.” Who are we calling the Word of God in this song?
4. So, who were the crowds in this gospel trying to listen to? And what did they want to hear from him?
5. Where can you hear the word of God, or God’s message?
6. Andrew, Simon (Peter), and many others followed Jesus. They literally followed, with their feet. What is one way that you follow Jesus?