Depart From Me, Lord

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In the Gospel reading from Luke 5, we see a miraculous catch of fish. After fishing all night and catching nothing, Jesus has the disciples go back out and fish some more. They caught so many fish that their nets were tearing. This stuns the disciples. Simon Peter’s reaction always moves me. His words are how I so often feel. “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” He knew that he was not worthy to be in the presence of Jesus. But Jesus responds, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

There comes a point in life where we must confront our own sinfulness. This great revelation can be very freeing for some. For others, it can actually be a point of turning away from God. Simon Peter could have let his feelings of unworthiness overtake him. Many people do. They end with, “Depart from me, Lord!” They never make it to following Him. They become dejected and fall into despair. Oh, I’ll never be good enough. God, in his great mercy, has a better plan. When we follow Jesus and become fishers of men, we allow God’s strength to overcome our weakness and sinfulness. That changes everything.

Father, we thank you for calling us to be fishers of men. Help us not to fall into despair and dwell on our own weakness, but on the strength of Jesus. Amen.

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  • Carl: February 07, 2022

    There are many reasons why I visit here every day, but I believe it is your humility that tops the list. “His words are how I so often feel.”

    Today, you are in terrific company; Isaiah says “For I am a man of unclean lips;” Paul adds “I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle;” and then Peter’s words.

    Humility opens hearts to His Grace and the power of the Holy Spirit. Then we too can emulate Isaiah and say “Here I am, send me!”

    I am grateful that He sent you! God bless.🙏

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