Luke 5:1-11

“Leave me, Lord, I am a sinful man.” Perhaps for the first time in his life Peter saw the dark side of himself and was ashamed. He thought it was insurmountable. And then he heard those soothing words of Jesus: “Do not be afraid.” Life requires us to try over and over again. But the Gospel is about more than just trying, it is an offer of help. That is what Peter needed and that is what we need. All of us here today need to hear those reassuring words of Jesus: “Do not be afraid.”