One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret [Galilee], the people were crowding round him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!’ For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.’ So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11
The disciples had been around Jesus for a while but, after the events in this reading, the relationship becomes closer. They started to follow Jesus more purposefully, recognising him as a remarkable individual, someone with a distinctive character of goodness.
At its most basic level, Christianity is about seeking to follow Jesus, learning about him, and living like him. We might not always get it right, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying, because the deeper story of Jesus tells us that he offers so much more than simply a person and example to follow.