The Gospel reading last Sunday was the account of Jesus teaching a crowd from Peter’s fishing boat. When Jesus had finished speaking he told Peter to go out to deeper water and let down his nets to catch many fish. Peter was tired. He had fished all through the previous night and caught nothing. However he said that if that was what Jesus wanted done, they would do it. You know the result! Then, awe struck, Peter said to Jesus, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I am too much of a sinner to be around you.” That incident changed Peter’s life forever.

Many years later, as Peter realized that his death was near at hand, he reflected upon his many experiences as a disciple/apostle of Jesus. One particular experience stood out for him and he referred to it in the second Epistle bearing his name. It was the time when he and James and John accompanied Jesus up a high mountain and beheld Jesus gloriously transfigured, talking with Moses and Elijah, and a cloud overshadowed the disciples and a voice from the cloud said to them, “This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him. Listen to him.”

What life experiences brought you into the presence of God?

Bible Reading: Luke 5:1-11; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-7.