Jesus had finished teaching and was sitting in Simon’s boat. Jesus told him and his friends to cast their nets into the sea. Simon pointed out that they had been working all night in vain, but then he added, ‘If you say so, I will let down the nets.’
As soon as the nets were let down, they became so full of fish that they began to break. Some friends came to help him and they filled their boats, too, almost to sinking point. Simon was amazed, and so were his friends, James and John. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and begged him to go away from such a sinner as he. But Jesus told him not to be afraid: from that moment he would be fishing for people. From then on, Simon, James and John became his followers.
This is the account of the miraculous catch of fish, which symbolizes the future mission of the Apostles. Peter’s handling of the situation is a model not only for the other apostles and those who come after them, but also for every Christian.