Launch Into the Deep

Launch Into the Deep

Text:  Luke 5:1-11

he said to Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

5 Simon answered, Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing.  Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

One of my favorite authors is Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Henri Nouwen.  Dead more than 20 years now, he was the author of 40 books and spoke 5 languages fluently.  He was also one of those rare people who was simultaneously a professor at Harvard and at Yale.  In one place he writes about the frustration of trying to teach religion like we would history, math, or English.  He writes:

“Our first task is not to offer information, advice, or even guidance, but to allow others to come into touch with their own struggles, pains, doubts, and insecurities—in short, to affirm their life as quest.” 

That is quite a difficult task since it runs counter to the mainstream of education that wants to give knowledge to understand, skills to control, and power to conquer.  In religious education, we encounter a God who cannot be understood; we discover realities that cannot be controlled; and we realize that our hope is hidden not in the possession of power but in the confession of weakness.

All this may seem far from our text about Peter pushing his boat into deep water——but it’s not.