Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time/ September 1, 2021
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Friends, in today’s Gospel Jesus continue speaking and teaching the crowds who were following Him starting from His public ministry. He continued to heal and care for them for they were like a sheep without a shepherd, and no one is taking care of them. Since, they were pressing Him, while listening to Him, now He had a reason to get into the boat, of one of the fishermen who just had disembarked and were already washing their nets. He got into the boat of Simon and continued speaking to the people who remained on shore. Then, having finished speaking with the people, he told Simon to put out into the deep and lower the nets for a catch. Simon Peter told Him about their experience all night without a catch, however, he obeyed Him, though not understanding why. When Simon lowered the nets into the deep, an extraordinary catch of fish happened. Seeing this, Peter understood that Jesus is Lord, and with his partners; Andrew, James and John they left everything and followed Jesus.
Yesterday’s Gospel, we witnessed Jesus entering into the house of Simon Peter and cured his mother-in-law who was severely sick. By entering into Peter’s house, we mean, Jesus entering into his life. Now, in today’s Gospel, again, Jesus enters into Simon Peter’s life by helping them fishing. Jesus got into his boat and told him to “put out into the deep and to lower the nets for a catch!” Peter who probably an expert of his work would surely a little hesitant on the request of Jesus for he knew Jesus is not a fisherman like himself, but instead of doubting he obeyed the command of Jesus to lower his nets. And there they catch a great number of fishes.
The Lord surprises everyone with His mighty deeds. And He also surprises us every day in our lives. He surprises us by entering into our life and helping us in our day to day activities. What Jesus asked to Simon Peter was simply a leap of faith, to go further, to go deeper and deeper, and to take the risks. He was simply asking to let God be the one to take care and to do the things which is out of his control. But it is always with faith. The same message for us also today. The Lord asks us to take a step-in faith, to go deeper, to go further, and to take risks. He asks us allow Himself and become the captain of our life, and to let Him take care of all things around us. However, we are always free to accept His invitation or refuse. But, if we refuse, we will not be able to see the depths of His love, goodness, and mercy.
Allow the Lord to enter in your life. Let Him manage everything. Be humble always and accept Him.
Abba, thank You for helping us always in our day to day activities. Thank You for not abandoning us in our life’s challenges and trials. May we always grow in maturity, and became strong in our faith as servant of Yours forever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.