“For he and all who were with him
were astonished…” (Lk 5: 9)
Gospel Liturgy: Luke 5: 1-11
By Deacon Andrew Ibrahim
The gospel today is one that is full of
blessings. Christ gave St. Peter a blessing by
teaching on his boat. Why Peter’s boat though?
The boats represented the two peoples of the Old
Testament: Jews and Gentiles. St. Peter’s boat
represents the Gentile boat because all who
would serve Christ would not see Gentile or Jew,
but Christian and non-Christian, because they
believe in Him! Yet Peter was still astonished
when Christ did this miracle! Why? Because God
will always surprise us, no matter how well we
know Him. It’s a good thing! So how do we live a
life of astonishment with Christ?
+ Be where He is: St. Peter could
not have witnessed the miracle of the many fish
had he not been on the boat…yes Christ came to
him, but it’s not like he got off the boat when
He saw Christ. He stayed!
+ Where can we go that we can be surprised by
Christ? Church, fellowship, quiet time, and even
when we take Him with us!
+ He is immeasurable, infinite, and unlimited,
there is no boundary to what He can
accomplish…so be with Him to witness miracles!
+ Choose to obey: Peter had
already cast his nets and he was done. He was
ready to put the nets away. And then, Christ
tells him to put the nets out again. He had a
choice to make…yes or no?
+ I want to be astonished, where is my leap of
faith? If I take a leap of faith, do I show it
with my works? My actions?
+ If you want to be amazed, give Him control,
and trust His ways
+ Always have hope!: We have a
promise from Him…that He will not leave us as
orphans (John 14: 18), that with Him nothing is
impossible (Luke 1: 37), and He will always give
us what we need (Matthew 6: 31, 32).
+ Astonishment is what comes next…when He
gives us what we never expect!
+ “And my God shall supply all your
need according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 19).
+ If you want to see God surprise you, hope
in His promise, and let His kept promises
sustain your hope, just as Peter did when he
threw a net and let a Man on his boat.
May we always dwell with our Lord, choosing
to follow Him and His plan for us, always
hoping in the abundance He will provide,
that we may be astonished by His works in us
and in others, and long for Him and His way
all the days of our life.