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Spend Time on the Water

Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch
Isaiah 6:1-2,3-8; Psalm 138:1-5,7-8; I Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

Sermon Week Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C

Scripture Summary Luke 5:10

In a popular television show called "Bassmasters," there is a segment in which viewers are invited to ask questions about sport fishing. During one episode a viewer asked, "How can I become a professional fisherman?" The answer came from one of the show's experts who answered simply: "spend time on the water."

In the four Gospels, there are approximately fifty references to the water. Over-and-over again, the Gospel writers describe Jesus' activities as being on the sea or the seashore. In Matthew's Gospel alone, there are twenty such references. Here are just a few ...

“As He was walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers ... and said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Mt. 4:18-19).

Then He got into the boat, followed by His disciples. Without warning, a storm broke, so violent that the waves were breaking right over the boat. But He was asleep. So, they went to Him and woke Him saying, "Save us, Lord, we are going down." And He said to them, "Why are you so frightened, you men of little faith?" And with that, He stood up and rebuked the winds; and all was calm again" (Mt. 8:24-26).

In Chapter Fourteen of his Gospel, Matthew tells us that after performing the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus sent His disciples away in a boat while He went "up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came ... the boat was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a headwind. So, Jesus went out to the boat on the water ... put out his hand and said, ‘man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘truly you are the son of God’” (Mt. 14:23-25,32-33).

And, today's Gospel Lesson is all about spending time on the water. We read that some of Jesus' disciples have been fishing from their boats, but their luck has been bad. The disciples are ready to give up when Jesus tells [...]

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