“But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’” vs. 8
When Simon Peter catches a glimpse of the Divine Presence in Jesus his immediate response is to ask him to go away, a request that reminds us of Isaiah’s call story some centuries before. It’s a reaction that many can understand, especially if we have a sense of our own unworthiness and impurity, a self image that stems from repeated reminders in the course of a lifetime that we are sinful and unclean. As “dirty rotten sinners” we can find it hard to believe that we have any business even standing in the presence of the Holy. It blows our minds to discover that the Holy One not only tolerates our presence but welcomes us as beloved children. Jesus didn’t obey Peter…he stayed in the boat and commissioned him as a disciple. Of course Peter wasn’t purified…we’re very aware of the stories of his denial during Jesus’ trial. But that didn’t keep him from serving…we don’t need to be pure in order to love. All God is looking for is a joyful response from those who are called, “Here I am, O God, send me!” God can use even the impure in the ministry of transformation. And as we fix our eyes upon Jesus in our daily walk we are changed into his image and become the light of the world.
Thought for the Day: Why are people more likely to see themselves as sinners rather than saints?