The Rauschmonstrum Watches Jesus Call His First Disciples

This post was originally a chapter in my book The Gospel of the Rauschmonstrum.

One day Jesus went off to the Lake of Gennesaret. As he stood by the lake, people began crowding around him and listening to him as he spoke.

He saw that at the edge of the water there were two boats, left there by fishermen, washing their nets. Jesus got into one of the boats, the one which belonged to Simon, also known as Peter, and asked him to go a little farther from shore. Then Jesus sat down and began teaching people from the boat.

When Jesus finished speaking, he said to Simon Peter, “Pull out into the deep water, and let the nets down so that you may catch.”

Peter responded, “Teacher, we have worked hard all night and have not caught anything. However, because you ask me so, I will let down the nets.”

When the fishermen had done this, the Rauschmonstrum worked his abilities so that they caught such a large number of fish that their nets were unable to take the strain, and began to break. They beckoned to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came, and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

Simon Peter, believing that Jesus was responsible for this, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught; and so also were James and John, who were friends with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

The Rauschmonstrum was pleased, for he felt these men had the qualities to be good disciples for the Nazarene, most importantly an unquestioning nature.

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