Fishing for People – Luke 5:1-11
Let’s look at Peter in the Gospel story. The divine touches down in his boat and makes him throw out his fishing nets. And under Jesus’ guidance, the bounty of the lake is bestowed upon them. God’s plan for God’s people is that they have life in abundance. It is God’s will that they do not suffer hunger and want. But as soon as God shows them love, Peter falls on his knees and says: “Do not love me, I am not worth it.” The text does indicate that he had a problem with fishing all night and catching nothing. He presumably is so used to being unsuccessful that he thinks that is exactly how he should be treated. Poverty, suffering, and want are God’s plan for the poor, he thinks. And he is not alone. That’s how too many people see the world. But that is not how God sees Peter and that is not God’s vision for the poor! Rev. Olaf Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA.