To read the texts click on the texts: Col 1:9-14; Lk 5:1-11
The call of the first disciples in the Gospel of Luke is different from the other Synoptic Gospels. While in Matthew and Mark Jesus calls to them when he was passing by the
Sea of Galilee,
here he is in Simon’s boat. While there are similarities between this account
in Luke and the account of the miraculous catch in John 21:1-4, there are also
differences. The most striking difference is that Luke uses the story here as
the setting for Simon’s call to follow Jesus, whereas John uses it to show that
Peter was reconciled with the risen Jesus after having denied him. While in
John, Jesus is not in the boat but on the shore, here in Luke he is in the
boat. In John there is only one boat, that in which the disciples are, here
there are many boats. The nets in Luke are beginning to break, but John
explicitly mentions that despite the large haul, the nets did not break.
The point that Luke seems to make is that following Jesus on his way will entail a completely different life style, will call for a different set of priorities. Where Simon and the others were focusing on fish (material, temporary, passing things), Jesus calls them to focus on people (spiritual, permanent, things that last).