Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
One day, as Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, with a crowd gathered around him listening to the word of God, he caught sight of two boats, left at the water’s edge by fishermen, now washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to pull out a little from the shore. There he sat, and continued to teach the crowd. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will lower the nets.” This they did, and caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came, and they filled both boats almost to the point of sinking. Upon seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” For he and his companions were amazed at the catch they had made, and so were Simon’s partners, James and John, Zebedee’s sons.Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on.” So they brought their boats to land and followed him, leaving everything.
READ: Isaiah recalls his first answer to God’s call: “Here I am. Send me!” St. Paul, thanks God that he too, despite his sins, was called by Christ, to be an apostle. Simon Peter, despite his own sins, receives Christ’s call, and follows.
REFLECT: Jesus can call any disciples he likes. Surely he could do better than us! But he called Simon, even though he knew he was “a sinful man.” He did not demand that Simon become a better man before he was qualified to follow. Jesus welcomed and called him just as he was. It was the same for Paul. It is the same for us. We just have to over come our fears and accept the invitation. God’s grace can make up for whatever we are lacking.
PRAY: Lord, we know we are unworthy servants; but by your grace you can purify our hearts and use us to accomplish your will.
ACT: If Jesus found us at the water’s edge, would we rather he passed us by? If God asked, “Who shall I send?” would we answer, “Here I am. Send me?” What fears might prevent us?
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