In the scene of today's Gospel (Luke 5:1~11) I am drawn to Peter and his reaction to Jesus' advice to cast out into the deep. His knowledge and experience of his trade tell him that there is no point in going back out there to try yet again, but yet he does it anyway. I often wonder if in those brief moments along the shore of Lake Genesareth, Jesus looked at Peter and said to Himself, "He's the one who will lead my Church." This rough and tumble, impetuous man.
Once they had returned to shore with their abundance of fish, Peter realized his sinfulness and his lack of faith. So much so he told our Lord that He should depart from him! I am sure as time went on, Peter was very glad Jesus didn't listen to him.
I often find myself in Peter's position, wondering how or why our Lord wants anything to do with the likes of me. I know that He sees what I can't and He is willing to work with that if I let Him.
One of my favorite scenes depicting this Gospel passage is in the movie Jesus of Nazareth. Robert Powell was the actor who portrayed Jesus in that movie. I love the expression on his face as he watches Peter coming in from a night of non~productive fishing yelling and screaming all the way.The actor as Jesus seems to have a look of amusement on his face and I wonder if the real Jesus had that same expression upon first encountering Peter. It is a very earthy, human scene.
For today's meditation, I thought I would leave you with that scene. YouTube is not allowing embedding for this one so follow the Jesus of Nazareth link above to get to the clip. The entire clip is seven plus minutes but the fishing scene ends after about six minutes. This is a very good visual for today's Gospel passage.
Enjoy and have a Blessed Sunday!
Note: Insert photo: Sunset on Lake Genesareth