Catch People

Read Luke 5:1-11

The lake of Gennesaret was also known as the Sea of Galilee or the Sea of Tiberias. It was the scene of many of Jesus’ actions (such as preaching from a boat to the people on shore, the miracle of calming the stormy seas, and the miracle of the loaves and fish). Jesus was also seen there after his resurrection.

When Jesus told Simon Peter, a fisherman, that he would now catch people, Jesus did not explain what this meant. But Simon Peter came to know that he was invited to dedicate his life so that others might know the Good News about the kingdom of God.


“Beloved, let us love one another.” 1John 4:7

  1. In what ways do I see my job or position as a call or invitation from God?
  2. Am I confusing my God given talents and gifts?
  3. Is my faith an inspiring gift to the students and my peers? My parish?
  4. Do you think we own our gifts?

“When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or in the life of another.” – Helen Keller

The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes

Jesus was teaching a crowd of 5,000 people on a hill beside the sea of Galilee. The people became hungry. A boy brought Jesus an offering of five barley loaves and two fish. According to the Gospel of John in the Bible, Jesus blessed the offering and distributed the bread and fish throughout the crowd until no one was hungry.

Everyone knows that it is important to eat literally, but what is the figurative meaning of this story? What does Jesus do for his listener?