Jesus goes fishing with the professionals. He catches them off guard and invites them to ‘catch’ differently.
Introduction to this week’s readings
The fifth Sunday after Epiphany continues to highlight unlikely instruments and circumstances appointed to reveal God’s glory. “Who will go for us?” God asks. A person of unclean lips a former persecutor of the church of God, and three fishermen who couldn’t catch a thing. More surprising still, perhaps, is that we are also called.
Reading: Isaiah 6:1-13
Introduction – Through a vision in the temple, the eight-century prophet Isaiah is called by God to announce judgment against Israel. Like other prophets, Isaiah is initially hesitant because of his awareness of his sin and his shortcomings, but when the Lord calls, Isaiah responds, “Here am I; send me!”
Reading: Psalm 138
Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Introduction – Paul delivers in a nutshell the story of the gospel that was given to him. In the lineage of the Christian faith, we have received the good news of God’s love from generations of believers before us, and we continue to tell this story to the world
Reading: Luke 5:1-11
Introduction – Jesus’ teaching of God’s word has begun to draw great crowds. For Simon, James, and John, Jesus’ teaching inspires hospitality, then obedience, and then risk. After Jesus’ creative power is revealed, fear and amazement leads these three fishermen to leave everything behind in order to become apostles.