5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do not be afraid. From now on, you will be catching people.… They left everything and followed Jesus (Luke 5:10-11). Fishers of people: Jesus had a sense of humor, yet he was serious about it. They did more than drop their nets. They left everything; they began a new trade and a new life. They became Apostles.
Christians are called to be more than a name. They are reborn by baptism; they live by the Eucharist, the bread of life. The Holy Spirit and the Son of God transform people to be fishers of people. Christians may be sinners, but they are called to be saints, set apart, disciples. They are called to leave everything the world thinks is important. Christians are called to leave everything to follow Jesus.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote to Stephanie Gourd on February 13, 1852, Continue to be like a little child in a boat which God is navigating. Leave the care of the future to the Good Lord. Yours is to be ready to fulfill [the] holy will… of your center, your joy, your Spouse. She should not strain her mind or force her heart when she receives Communion. That would only trouble and wear out her soul, draw it away from the state of peace and recollection which is more valuable than anything else. (Counsels for Spiritual Life, p. 40).
To live following Jesus, one must be ready to give oneself to Jesus in the Eucharist. Communion is an exchange: he gives himself to us; we must give ourselves to him. It is more than telling Jesus we love him. We must live in him and he in us. Action is required; we must put out into deep water and let down our nets for a catch. He must live in us, helping us to do so. Do we?
Let Us Pray:
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care, that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace, they may always be defended by your protection. (Collect)
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