PRI Reflections on Scripture | Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
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.
There are moments in our life when everything seems so clear.
We know that this is what we need to do. That was the moment for Peter and the others they saw, this is something we don't know what it means, what we're going to do but we're going to go. That's a beautiful way in which Grace works in you and me. A call to do something that makes no sense in one way, but we somehow trust that it's the right thing.
It is filled with life
Father, make our minds and our hearts always open to the insights that you send to us. Help us not to count the cost as much as we look at the end that you long for us to achieve the building of your kingdom. And we ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.