Miraculous catch of fish

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The Miraculous catch of fish is described both in Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:1-6. It is mathematically significant for illustrating the existence of infinity or, in economics terminology, an unlimited surplus.

In the miracle Jesus urges His disciples, who had been fishing all night without any success, to simply recast their nets in a different way. When they did, to their astonishment the nets filled beyond capacity with fish, catching more than the disciples could handle.

As the miracle is recounted in the Gospel of John, Jesus suggests that the disciples cast the nets on the "right" side of the boat, whereupon the catch was overwhelming.[1]

One might be tempted to think that the "right" side was chosen with political significance, but the use of "right" and "left" to refer to political persuasions originated from the seating layout of the National Assembly just prior to the French Revolution. While the "left-wing" people were less supportive of the Church, it is unlikely that that seating arrangement came into being as an homage to John 21:6.


  1. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. John 21:6 (NIV)