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Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 5, 2019

Thursday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

 

Col 1: 9-14

Psalm 90:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6

Lk 5: 1-11

 

Gospel Reading

 

 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.

 

 

Reflection

 

“Put your net out into the deep waters”

 

 

We have reflected many times on this Gospel passage, especially in connection with the vocation to the priesthood and religious life. The passage gives a beautiful description of the Luke’s version of the call of the first disciples of Jesus. Of course it differs much from the narration of Mathew and Mark. This is set in the background of a lake side teaching of Jesus.

 

As we go through the passage certain things catch our attention. As usual the focus is on Jesus. Jesus was standing near the lake of Gennesaret (Lake of Galilee). A large crowd is gathered around him. He finds it difficult to talk to them on the plain land. He observes that two fishing boats are lying near the shore and the fishermen are washing the nets after the night toil. They seem to be disappointed since their hard work at night did not give them much fruit.

 

Jesus jumps into one of the boats, the boat of Simon. Simon does not raise any objection. Jesus asks him to move the boat a little away so that he can teach the crowd sitting in it. When the preaching gets over Jesus makes another demand to Simon. "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." When the preaching is over it is enough for Jesus to get out of the boat and go his way saying a big ‘thank you’ to Simon.

 

 But Jesus is Jesus. He cannot turn his attention away from the hardship and worries of his people. He knows well that Simon and his companions are much upset because they could not catch any fish previous night. He reaches with the compassion that is characteristic of him. Let us not keep ourselves satisfied by the preaching and prayer and the religious ministry. The hungry stomach cannot digest the lofty theology. The basic needs of the human person are to be met first. Let us learn this great lesson from our master.

 

Simon is rewarded with an unexpected catch of fish when he serves the master in his mission and obeys his command. ‘Put your net out into the deep waters’. The Lord may be giving us also the commands such as these. Sometimes we may need a transfer, or a change of style of functioning or something different from what we are accustomed to. We may think that we are well versed in what we are doing. But the Lord knows better. Heed to His promptings. The result will be the “big” catch; the Lord has planned for us. Be prepared for that.

 

Dr Martin Mallathu CMI


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