Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

As Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret and the crowd pressed in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats moored by the side of the lake; the workers had disembarked and were washing their nets.  Jesus got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to pull out a short distance from the shore; then, remaining seated, he continued to teach the crowds from the boat.  When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ”Put out into deep water and lower your nets
for a catch.”  Simon answered, ”Rabbi, we have been hard at it all night long and have caught nothing; but if you say so, I will lower the nets.” Upon doing this they caught such a great number of fish that their nets were at the breaking point.  They signaled to their mates in the other boat to come and help them. These came, and together they filled the two boats until they nearly sank.

But when Simon saw what happened, he fell to his knees saying, ”Leave me, for I am a sinner.”  For he and all who were with him were astonished; as were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching people alive.”  And when they brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

At the sight of this, Simon Peter fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ”Leave me, Rabbi; I am a sinner.”  For indeed, amazement at the catch they had made seized him and all the shipmates, as well as James and John, Zebedee’s offspring, who were partners with Simon.  Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid.  From now on you will be catching men and women.”  With that they brought their boats to land, left everything, and became followers of Jesus.

The Good News as spoken through Luke.

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