Second Time is the Charm (or Third, or Fourth…)

Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the Imagehem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.

And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

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 signaled 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.

See also Psalm 121 for today’s readings.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you feel really stupid that you didn’t pick up on something the first time around?  (I sure hope so, because I am known to run into things and miss something two or three times!)  The disciples make me feel better.  They miss things from Jesus multiple times.  This past Sunday we heard the Resurrected Jesus appear to the disciples in the middle of a fishing disaster.  They thought they could go back to life as usual.  Did they forget the call?  Did they forget whose they were?  Did they forget that Jesus had made death die?  So there they were much like the first time, fishing and not getting any fish.  Much like the grave getting no permanent victims.  Things have changed. you are going to have to look at things differently.  At least when they listened to Jesus and tried the other side of the boat (before and after Easter morning) they recognized the work of God among them.

A saying goes something like, “you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.”

Jesus is alive, has been alive, and will be alive.

Are we living like we know it?

Are we showing that we know it?

Are we sharing that we know it?

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