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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Epiphany 5
Episcopal Standard Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary

Luke 5: 1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 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.


Reflection on Luke 5: 1-11
by the Rev. Wanda Copeland

Jesus's teaching had been so sompelling that drowds followed him even to the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He climbed into Peter's boat to give some space between the drowds and himself. Peter moved his boat away from the shore and was present as Jesus taught. Doubtless, Peter heard everything Jesus said to the crowds that day. Yet it was only when Jesus intervened in the ordinariness of Peter's life (his success at plying his trade) that Jesus really entered Peter's field of vision that Jesus became relevant to Peter most fully in the immediate, tangible reality that existed that day on the shores of Galilee.

We isolate Jesus by dissecting his message word by word or phrase by phrase. We assume God can be revealed only in certain pre-determined ways.

Can God speak to you through the beauty of a gentle snowfall, or a lingering sunset?

In what ways could Jesus become relevant to you through the natural order?  How does that change your life?

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To Reflections on other Readings for Year C, Epiphany 5:

Reflections available at the active links
Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary
Revised Common
Old Testament
(Hebrew Scripture) Reading:
Judges 6:11-24a
Psalm 85
Psalm 138
New Testament Reading:
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 1: 1-11
(this page)
Luke 1: 1-11
(this page)

The Rev Wanda Copeland, Co-Chair of the Minnesota Episcopal Environmental Stewardship Commission (1997-2001), Chair of the Episcopal Ecological Network (2001-2004), and Rector of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Horseheads, NY, was Rector of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Elk River, MN, when she originally wrote this reflection in 2001. Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Wanda or any MEESC member, or mail them to:

c/o C. Morello
4451 Lakeside Drive
Eveleth, MN 55743-4400 USA

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