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Sunday Reflection 

taken from www.svdphc.ph

SUNDAY MASS:  SUNDAY MASS FEBRUARY 10,  2019

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time ©

February 10, 2019

Luke 5, 1-11

 

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowd from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”

Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

 

Reflection

 

A number of times, parishioners have lent me their vehicles for my ministry. One time I was able to borrow a van to take the children for a summer camp. At another time, it was a regular sedan that I used to visit the sick. I can cite numerous instances when the people in the parish willingly volunteered their time and resources in order to help the church in its activities.

This has been true of the church’s ministry ever since the time of Jesus. In the gospel today, Jesus gets into the boat of Peter and asks him to set out a little distance from the shore so that he can preach to the people who are following him. Peter could have said no since they have already been up all night fishing and are surely tired. But Peter obeys and has experienced the result that can happen if you follow the Lord’s bidding even if you are not really sure it would work. That is faith at work.

We may not have a boat or a car but we have resources that the Lord can use. And at times the Lord will call upon you to help him spread the word of God. It might be a talent for music. It might be a gift for public speaking. Or it might be a call to prayer and the Lord will ask some of your time. The important thing is that we answer the call and do what we can. We might doubt our capabilities and the fear of failure might tempt us not to do anything. But we take comfort in the fact that the Lord is there to help and guide us.

The mission to preach the Kingdom of God and to spread the Gospel might be primarily God’s work, but by virtue of our baptism, we are all called to be co-workers and to be missionaries. May the Holy Spirit give us the strength, the courage, and the willingness to answer the call of Christ to help him spread the message of love to all we meet.

 

By Fr. Chito Lorenzo SVD