05 September 2019. Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Ryan Tristan O. Digan)
The main purpose of Jesus in joining the fishermen on the boat, I surmised, was not really to perform a miracle but only to preach. However, when they started to listen to Him, the miracle eventually happened. Jesus told them, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets.” There were doubts, at first because they were already on the shore and have caught nothing during the night. Nonetheless, they obeyed Jesus and trusted His words. Much to their surprise, they were able to fill the boats with a lot of fish.
After this incident, the fishermen followed Jesus. I reflected on my own story in following Jesus. Did I follow Him because He had shown me a miracle? My own vocation story could not really attest to that since there was no extra special event before I entered the seminary. However, my daily following of Jesus is a confirmation to His constant revelation of His greatness and power. Everyday, Jesus works wonders in my life; my achievements in life were all due to my trust and confidence in Jesus. How I am surviving inside the seminary despite the demands of our formation is brought about by my obedience to Christ. These and many more are my catch when I trusted and obeyed Jesus.
As a songwriter would tell us, “There can be miracles when we believe.” Indeed, God will not abandon us. We just have to trust, obey and follow Him.
The Gospel Today
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 crowds 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 the boats 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.