He had just preached from Simon Peter’s boat, then told him to go out and fish some more. Bad night for fishing, Lord, said Simon Peter (whose wife’s fever Jesus had just brought down). They aren’t there.
Do it anyway, said Jesus, and thereby hangs a tale. So many fish were caught that when they got back to shore, Simon P. said, You better go. You don’t want to spend any more time with me, I’m a sinner.
Forget that, said Jesus. You’re hired. Not to fish for fish but for men (and women).
Simon P’s crew, James and John, got the idea. They came along too, charter members of Jesus’ team. And thereby hangs an even greater tale.