“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:4-11) I would imagine that most of us have heard and probably answered some form of invitation to commitment at the close of a sermon. In this passage, Jesus offers a rather strange invitation to Peter. “Go back out and fish some more.” To which (I can imagine Peter thinking) “Isn’t this guy a carpenter? What does he know about fishing?” But there is something about Jesus’ words and perhaps the way that he looks at Peter, that eventually causes him to comply. And then, as so often the case with Jesus, a miracle occurs. Peter’s response shows a crystal clarity about both himself and Jesus: “You are Lord and I am an unworthy sinner, please leave.” Jesus’ response, however, shows an even greater clarity: “I am Lord and you are a sinner, but please stay and I will transform you into someone that you cannot now imagine.” Isn’t that just like Jesus? His vision of us is far greater and more hopeful than our own could ever be. Isn’t that just like Jesus? His welcome is always far greater than our fear. Do you know anyone who needs to hear our Lord’s welcome? Do you know anyone who thinks that their sin is greater than his forgiveness? If so, perhaps the Lord is calling you to do a little fishing as well.