“but the victory is Yahweh’s”
He would go fishing with it.
He would also preach on it at times.
We know that once he approached it
on the sea.
He also slept in it sometimes…
even when the waves and the wind were
Amazing this Jesus – He is able to
on a rocking boat!
Once this Jesus came in my boat
and in yours also.
He told us to pull out into the deep.
Leave our secure and hard ground
And live an adventure with him on the
He also told us to lay out our nets.
And perhaps we,
tired and discouraged like Peter,
told him dryly that we worked hard
and caught nothing.
Worked breathlessly and had pitiable
Prayed, prayed, prayed, and we did
what we desired.
We worked a lot, hoped a lot but to
But Peter decided to go for it:
“if you say so, I will throw out the
He risk being ridiculed once more –
You need to be ready for this of you
following the Master!
His colleagues, the other fishermen
lake of Gennesaret
were ready to pull his leg:
“Can’t he see that it is stupid to
his expertise is in wood not in fish!”
But Peter took a chance.
And because he obeyed
- only an intelligent person knows
Jesus did not let him down.
He filled his boat to overflowing with
“they netted such a huge number of
When Peter relied on himself, he caught
When he relied on the Master he had
Realizing what was happening –
that this Jesus was so great
and he was so weak -
he implored the Master to leave him.
He felt so dirty
He felt so stained;
He wanted to disappear.
But Jesus – how can you not love him!
right at that moment,
when Peter was most vulnerable…
He entrusted him with the mission of
This is my Jesus!
When he sees me downtrodden
He heals me by trusting me even more!
And He tells me what He told Peter:
“do not be afraid!”
When God appears he always says the
“do not be afraid!”
When the angel appeared to Zechariah,
“Zechariah, do not be afraid, for your
has been heard…”
When the angel appeared to Mary, he
“Mary, do not be afraid, you have won
When the angel appeared to Joseph,
“Joseph son of David, do not be afraid…”
When the angel appeared to the shepherds,
he told them:
“Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you
of great joy…”
When faith knocks… at the door,
We do not fear not because we do not
that evil exists,
not because problems are not there
not because we are strong.
But… on the contrary precisely because
and because we are weak
we need to learn to rely on His powerful
and trust on His assistance
After all, only He is able to catch
even where there are no fish!
“No disaster can overtake you
no plague come near your tent;
He has given his angels orders about
to guard you wherever you go.
They will carry you in their arms
in case you trip over a stone.
Since he clings to me I rescue him,
I raise him high, since he acknowledges
He calls to me and I answer him:
In distress I am at his side,
I rescue him and bring him honor.”
(Psalm 91, 10-12, 14-15)
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