Fifth Sunday of the Year – “Put out into the deep”

Jesus has preached from Peter’s boat, and then gives the instruction – “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets.”  Even though Peter thinks that this will be a waste of time, he obeys, and is rewarded with a massive haul of fish.

Over the centuries, the Church has reflected in numerous ways on the symbolism of this passage.  We might see it as a challenge to move out of our comfort zones into new areas of expression or experience.  We might see it as an invitation, as Lent approaches, to “let down the nets” into deeper areas of our spiritual life.

However we see it, we recognise the same Lord speaking to us as spoke to Peter – both when he says, “Put out into deeper water,” and when he says, “From now on, you will be Fishers of Men.”

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