Letter From the Vicar

From the Vicar…
My dearest brothers and sisters,
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.
When Jesus says this to Simon Peter, he really is saying that a new way is coming.
Jesus has already shown how the new way will be by his miraculous revealing of
many fish within the deep water.
Simon Peter has expressed his sense of unworthiness:
Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!
If we look at what Jesus is doing we can see he is speaking to, and entering the lives
of, these men where they are. He isn’t doing something that is foreign to them, but
rather using a major aspect of their life to show what is coming.
We need to think of this as we go about our mission in the city. Jesus used the
familiar to explain and describe the unfamiliar. The words we use to describe what
we do are important. They can either help or hinder. Speaking about Jesus in words,
phrases and symbols that will get to the heart of the matter. Words and actions that
express the heart of the Gospel, without being obtuse, insular, or exclusive.
To be able to talk about Jesus with someone means we actually have to know, relate
to and empathise with the person we are with. It means we ourselves have to be
open, open in the same way that we were when Jesus asked us to follow him.
Jesus does call everyone, and it is up to us to make sure his call is heard in words and
ways that will be heard and felt by all, just as it was when he called those fishermen
on that day.
Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.
Peace be with you all.