Summary: call to discipleship

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My Brothers and Sisters,

Grace and Peace to you in the name of Jesus, the great Fisherman. AMEN

The sun had just risen when the Scouts began their trek up Baldy Mountain. At 12,441 feet Baldy is the highest peak in the Philmont Scout Ranch, a high-adventure backpacking camp run by the Boy Scouts of America. From the summit, hikers can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains, forests, and lakes of Northern New Mexico.

But the summit was still a dream when the crew of eight scouts and two adults started out, hiking through a dense pine forest in the early morning light. Reaching a gorgeous, gurgling mountain stream, they took a turn and headed down a wide and comfortable trail for about a mile.

Turned out to be the wrong trail. Realizing their mistake, they turned around and hiked back. This detour added an extra two miles to their trip, and you might think they would be discouraged by it.

But the extra distance had a surprising benefit. On scout who had been struggling at the start of the hike gained confidence throughout the detour, and when the group got back on track, he felt strong enough to hike to the summit.

His success required venturing out beyond his comfort zone. And so does ours.

The Boys Scouts of America have been challenging boys to push their limits for a century now. In fact, tommorow (February 8) is the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of this organization. Today, let us say “Happy Birthday” to the Boy Scouts. And let us recognize that like to Boy Scouts we too are being challenged by our readings...In fact God is calling us today to go beyond our comfort zones for him.

Before we go on with today’s word, please join me as we come to Jesus in prayer:

Dear Jesus, Like Isaiah, Paul and Peter; we come before you feeling unworthy to be called by you. We continually ask you if you are really sure we are the ones you want. As you called the fishermen to leave their nets and follow you, help us to leave our “nets” to answer your call. Teach us how to fish for people by sharing your Good News with all the people you enable us to meet. And prepare us for a miraculous catch!

Now, fill your humble servant with your Spirit that her words spoken may be Your WORD recieved.

It is with fear and awe that we ask this. AMEN

If we are going to learn today to be good “Fishers of people” we must learn or better yet, “recognize” some fishing techniques. Like the Boy Scouts we must understand that success requires action, adventure and a willingness to explore new territory. So, in terms of fishing techniques we will address 3: Faith, Obedience and Availability.

I. The first technique we are going to talk about is FAITH.

In our gospel we hear Jesus say “Put out into the deep water and let your nets down for a catch.” He knew Peter was a fisherman. He also probably knew that he hadn’t caught anything all night. Simon probably wondered to himself why Jesus would make such a request. In fact he says: “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Here it was the middle of the day, one of the worst times to go fishing. Jesus says ‘Let’s go to the deep part and catch fish.’ Peter was probably also thinking “Are you serious!...the DEEP water, every body knows that fish like the shallows where they eat!!

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