Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time-C
I Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8: Here I am, send me.
II Reading: 1Corinthians 15:1-11: I preach what they preach, and this is what you all believed.
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11: They left everything and followed him.
Jesus Calls His First Disciples: Steps to Calling Men, 5:1-11
Jesus Christ set out to catch men, that is, to catch them for God. He desires to catch all men, but he is unable to catch everyone by Himself. He needs help, the help of all who will follow Him. The present passage is a descriptive picture of how Jesus goes about calling men to help Him in the enormous task of reaching the world.
1. Lake Gennesaret (v.1)
2. Step 1: Seeing a vision of people who need to hear the Word of God (v.1)
3. Step 2: Seizing resources
a. Seeing the resources available
b. Seeing a man: Simon
c. Leading the man to serve
4. Step 3: Removing reluctant obedience (v.4-5)
5. Step 4: Demonstrating godly power (v.6-7)
a. A catch so great the net breaks
b. A catch so great other help is needed
c. A catch so great both boats are began to sink
6. Step 5: Stirring a deep confession (v.8-9)
a. Of sin, v.8
b. Of Christ as Lord, v.8
c. Of awe-reverence-fear
7. Step 6: Challenging men to discipleship, that is, to catch other men (v.10)
8. Step 7: Watching for the decision to forsake all (v.)
Thought: The word “catch” (zogreo) means to catch alive or to catch for life. The idea is that Peter was no longer to catch (fish) for death, but he was to catch (men) for life.