Today's Gospel in Art - They left everything and followed him

  • Patrick van der Vorst

Here Am I for Thou Didst Call Me, by Charles Bosseron Chambers, 1928

Here Am I for Thou Didst Call Me, by Charles Bosseron Chambers, 1928

Gospel of 5th September 2019 - Luke 5: 1-11

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats - it was Simon's - and asked him to put out a little 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 deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.' 'Master,' Simon replied, 'we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.' And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.

When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.' For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. But Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.' Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

Reflection on the Print

Charles Bosseron Chambers was a famous illustrator in America in the first half of the 20th century. His very straight to the point and vivid illustrations were often published in the Catholic printed press. His father, an Irish captain in the British Army, was a convert to Catholicism and thus Charles was brought up in a devout Catholic household....

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