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Catechism - Lesson 8

Catch of Fish 

AIM: To teach kids that Jesus can do anything. We can only so what our little hands allow us to do. Our parents can do little more than us - but God - He can do wahtever He wants and anything - because our Our God is Big and Powerful. He commands the oceans, the seas and all the fish in it!!

Catch of Fish 

If a child puts his or her hand in a BIG bag of sweets - how many sweets can they pull out 5? 6? but,  If I put my hand in a bag, how many sweets can I pull out?  I could pull out more, because my hand is bigger than yours.  What about if Jesus decided to put His Hand in the bag? He can remove maybe all of them or maybe even more than what the bag had in the first place!!  Because Jesus is God, He can do anything.  He can do miracles that we can’t explain or understand. 
One day, Jesus was standing on the shore of a Lake. A lot of people were coming closer and closer to Jesus to hear what He had to say. 
As He was standing on the shore, He saw 2 boats at the shore. They belonged to fishermen who were washing their nets after along night out at sea. 
Jesus got into one of the boats. this boat belonged to a man named Simon. He too was a fisherman. 
Jesus asked Simon to take the boat a little way into the shore. As Simon, did so- Jesus sat down in the boat and began to teach the people who had gathered to hear Jesus preach and teach. After He finished teaching, He asked Simon to lower their nets into the deep water to catch fish. Simon answered, "Master, we have worked all night, but caught nothing. Yet, if you say so, I will let down the nets."  Simon and the fishermen, must have been very tired after working all night. They really did not expect to catch anything at this time, but they chose to obey the Master, Jesus. 
Obediently, Simon let down his nets to catch some fish. And miraculously, their nets were filled with fish. 
Their nets were so full that it was going to break. Imagine their surprise - when they tried to lift the nets and found that they could not. It was so full that they had to call their friends from the other boat to help them. They slowly managed to lift the nets and even then they found they had so much fish that one boat was not enough to hold it all. The used the other boat to fill the fish too. The 2 boats were so full of fish that they were about to sink!!!

 Simon was a good fisherman, but he didn’t catch anything that night.  But when Jesus was with Simon, they caught more fish than they could even carry back!  Jesus did this miracle to show Simon that He was the Son of God and that He could make anything happen.  You can only do what our small bodies can do.  I can only do what my big body can do.  But Jesus can do anything because He is God!

That was a miracle that Jesus performed. Simon, the fisherman , immediately came to know that Jesus was a Holy man. He fell down in his knees and said, "master, Go away from me for I am a sinful man" . 
The Jesus said to Simon, " Do not be afraid, from now you will be catching people." Jesus was preparing Simon for bigger things for him to do in the future. 
This story tells of Jesus's great power over fish of the sea as well. Only God can fill us with good things that we work so hard to get. 


Dear Jesus,
I thank-you for loving me. Help me to remember to come to Uou when I have problems or troubles in school or at home or at play. You are a Big and Kind God, who can make my hard work look easier only if you are with me.
Dear Jesus, stay with me always, especially when i find things hard.
I love you, Jesus.

Bible Passage

 Lk Chapter 5: 

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God,  2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.  3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.  4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”  5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”  6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.  7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.  8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”  9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;  10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”  11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
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