Sixth Sunday after Epiphany (5th in Ordinary)

The Bible reading this week is the account of the miraculous catch of fish as recorded in Luke’s Gospel.  There are many lessons from this passage ranging from how a fisherman had the humility to listen to a carpenter telling him how to fish, all the way to a glimpse of Jesus’ authority over the whole created order.  However, the lesson that sticks out for me is the words in the Bible that the disciples were ‘astonished’ at what Jesus did.  I fear that in our churches today we have lost that sense of astonishment, amazement and wonder at what Jesus did, and what authority he commanded.  We have heard the Bible stories so many times that we are almost immune to their message.  What Jesus did was, indeed, amazing!  We expect too little from God and when God makes things happen we are surprised, not overwhelmed.  This was not the case for Peter.  When he realises that he doubted the power of Jesus he was intensely remorseful.  “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”  How we need to re-capture the amazement of the first disciples; and when our faith falters about God’s greatness, how we need to repent.  If the church in the ‘West’ is to grow again, we have to find a way to re-discover our amazement at the power of God and deeply repent if we ever doubt it.

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