Following Christ in Our Daily Vocation

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Food for Thought

FirstReading: 1 Cor 3:18-23
Psalm: Ps 24:1bc-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Gospel: Lk 5:1-11

As we reflect on the experience of Simon Peter, we notice that Jesus gets involved in the situation before he commits to the mission he presents. Our Lord helped these fishermen get a good catch so that they could provide a good meal for their families. They are astounded by the bounty of fish in their nets. Yet, being simple fisher folk, they recognize their inadequacies in the presence of the Master. Still, Jesus invites them to build his kingdom here on earth because He knows the bigger fish to catch are the souls, searching for meaning in their lives.

As we go about our daily concerns, Jesus asks us if we’ll allow him to assist us in attaining what we need. Jesus answers our petitions in spite of our lack of faith and belief in his power.

The invitation to the same mission remains – to bring more souls into his embrace. We might look into ourselves and discover shortcomings. Jesus only looks into our hearts. If we have the capacity to love our neighbor, that fish is as good as caught. Let us pray to be always “fishing” for those who seek his consoling love and Divine Providence. May we always stay true to this mission.

  • Laura

    I can’t help but disagree that Jesus gave the apostles a big catch of fish do they could provide a meal for their families. The big catch of fish was a miracle our Lord performed to demonstrate to this simple fishermen that they had encountered someone extraordinary, someone whom God himself had sent. Even if Peter did not understand what was happening, as a simple fisherman he instinctively recognized this man Jesus was holy, and from God. This miracle, like all the others that Jesus performed was to demonstrate that the son of God was truly among them.