Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

September 3, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast: Pope Saint Gregory the Great (c.540-+606) Patron Saint of Musicians, Singers, Students and Teachers

First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians 3:18-23

Psalm 23

Luke 5:1-11

 

It had been a discouraging night for Simon Peter and his friends.  They had been out all night on their boats and had caught nothing.  As the weary men stood in the sand, leaning on their tiny fishing boats, they chatted with each other and washed their nets.  A large group of people was slowly making its way toward the shore just up the beach from the boats.  Jesus, pressed by the growing crowd to the edge of the lake, could go no further on land.  Simon Peter had been aware of the crowd and of Jesus speaking, but he was too tired to be curious.  He had his nets to clean and wanted to get home to his wife and family.

He wasn’t one of the eager members of the crowd and really didn’t have time to listen.  He had been wondering if the fishing would be any better the next night.  He was preoccupied with his family and his wife’s mother who had been terribly ill.  (Please re-read yesterday’s Gospel narrative and Malvern Daily Reflection.)  It is at this moment in his life that Simon Peter was called by Jesus!

I believe that it is heartening to think that Simon Peter is the one called to lead us.  Simon is one of us, someone who is worried, distracted and at times, barely listening.  His first response – and ours – is an acute awareness of his own limitations.  He is afraid of the power of a man who can fish better than he can with just a nod of the head.  Jesus tells him, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  Simon Peter thinks to himself, “Wait, isn’t Jesus a carpenter?  Who is He to teach me how to fish?”  They lowered their nests and the amount of fish they caught nearly capsizes their boat.  Simon falls to his knees and believes.  He is able to put aside his fears and his thinking that he isn’t worthy of following Jesus.  With His eyes and His voice Jesus is telling Simon, “Don’t be afraid.  I need you to help with my work.”

Sisters and brothers, Jesus isn’t calling us to be with Him in His work because we are holy.  He calls us because we are human.  We are still the same people in many ways, with the same fears, the same distractions and the same inadequacies as was the members of the early church.  It is enough only that we trust and that we try.

Question of the Day:  How will you replace your fears with your trust in Jesus our Lord and our Savior? 

Prayer:  Lord, give me the strength today to really hear you and see you, not as a distraction from my real life, but as an invitation to live it more deeply.  Give me the courage to trust and to let you into my boat.  Help me not to be afraid.  Amen.

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic as well as for peace in our country and in our world.

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