Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”
The waters of faith are deep. We know this, even as it takes time and courage to recognize the extent of these unknown waters, much less to explore them. This claim is echoed in baptism. We say it is a one time event that takes a lifetime to complete. And we affirm at the funeral the “completion” of the departed’s baptism.
Simon (who will become a very sinkable Peter “the Rock”) serves as a stand-in for this journey of walking wet into the depths of the Holy all around us, and in us, and in the soundings of these faith stories that meet us on any given Sunday. They’ve been skunked all day when the fish should be biting. But here comes this carpenter whose on-land construction techniques are sound—witness the healing of Simon’s mother, among others—but have demonstrated no transferable skill-set to Simon’s wet world. Yet, he trusts. And so do the others who turn out to be there. And they go deep. They go deeper than expected, deeper than imagined. And what they realize is both overwhelming and unsettling—the power of this thing they have witnessed. And now comes the real need for courage. Will we trust the One who knows and invites us into these kinds of depths? Will we follow?
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