I went to an Ice Show last night and we found the fish that was frozen in the igloo. Today’s Gospel reading also talks about knowing where the fish are. The talented fishermen could not catch any until Jesus comes along and tells them where to let down their nets. Jesus had gotten into Simon Peter’s boat and taught the crowds. When he was done, he instructed Peter what to do. They then caught so many fish, their nets began to break. When Simon realized what had happened, he acknowledges his sin. Jesus shows him mercy: Do not be afraid. The preacher convinces the fisherman that it is time for a career change.
Sometimes in life, we are like the fish in the photo. We are frozen. We cannot move forward. We just keep on doing what we know without reaping results. That can be a good thing but sometimes, we do not allow ourselves to be vulnerable and risk everything. The disciples today do the later, joining Jesus in his mission. They step out beyond their fears and open themselves to a whole new way of being in the world.
We may miss this important point in today’s Gospel and stay frozen or stuck in our comfort zones. Perhaps as we enter Lent later this week, we might step beyond the safe and trust that we do not need to be afraid. Perhaps, we might do something that will require everything of us in ways that we never dared imagine. Maybe, just maybe, grace might break into our life and show us that there is something amazing within our reach if we open ourselves.
Where are you frozen in your life?
What if you were not afraid to leave everything? What would change?
Fisher-God, catching us by our tails, holding us up, laughing and telling everyone, I caught one this big. You are proud of us, your treasured catch. We smile too in the photo that you take and hang on your fridge. Amen.