“Then Jesus said to Simon,’ Do not be afraid: from now you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” Luke 5:10-11
The story of Jesus invitation to Simon Peter to “catch people” is a familiar one to many of us in the church.
I hear a story of resistance and mission. Here the resistance comes in contemporary terms as “that is not my experience, but I will comply so you will see for yourself.” The mission comes as a change in paradigm. For Simon Peter, this event was so profound he dropped to his knees, confessed his doubt, then left the life he knew to follow a man he just met. Why?
In a world like the one we live in today, there are many good reasons to just stick with what we think we know. We too are resistant to seeing things from another angle/perspective/viewpoint. Who are we listening to? How are we making room for Jesus to continue to transform us?
And leave everything?! Simon Peter left everything. The disciples did not leave everything to become a church. They left everything to become part of the Jesus team, a movement that would ultimately change the world. How does that inform us today personally? As a congregation? How are we continuing to change the world?
So many questions. Thankfully we have the Table to gather around, the Meal to share, and the Word among us and in us. We wrestle with these questions as we gather, break bread, share stories, and engage in our community. The ebb and flow of our life together in faith.
I invite you to worship, study, and conversation this coming week. To continue to ask questions and be challenged. On Sunday we have the pleasure of Pr. Eric Wogen sharing the Word with us. Also Sunday we have Daily Discipleship study in the conference room between the services. And on Friday we will welcome Rev. Dr. Stephen Bouman as our Scholar in Residence, along with Bishop Pedro Suarez and Assistant to the Bishop Pr. Khader El-Yateem for “Living Faithfully in these Times” at 6 pm.
Let us open our eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive. Christ among us.
Your sister in Christ,
Deacon Kimberly