1st Reading: IS. 6: 1-2a, 3-8
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 138:1-5, 7-8
2nd Reading: 1 Cor. 15; 1-11
Gospel: Lk 5: 1-11
Have you ever felt so tired after a hard day’s work that you can’t wait to get home and kick off your shoes? In the 2nd reading and the Gospel of today’s liturgy we read how tired and maybe frustrated the apostles were after fishing all night and coming up with nothing. They were back on shore and getting ready to go home when who should appear! Jesus…that’s right! And yes you guessed it, Jesus told them to get back in their boat and cast out their nets. I’m sure those were the last words the apostles wanted to hear since they were tired after fishing all night. But they did it!
I think of how many times I am tired and just want some peace and quiet which is necessary in our busy lives. Then like the apostles I get that little nudge from Jesus to make that phone call to an elderly person, run an errand for a sick relative/neighbor, send a card of cheer or concern to a grieving person. How do I respond? Well, in both readings Jesus reminds us that as Christians we are called to respond to what we are called to do. We are all fishermen in a sense. We are asked to trust in God’s call and respond to the needs of our family, relatives, friends and yes, even our enemies. As in the Gospel the fishermen responded to Jesus’ invitation to cast out their nets. Even though they reminded Jesus they caught nothing throughout the night, they responded to his invitation. Doing so, they marveled at their catch and responded to his invitation to “follow me”. Each of us, too, is called to be followers of Jesus. Am I ready to respond in a positive way?
Responding to the call to be a follower of Jesus is not always easy. Help me to realize that you are always walking with me, Jesus, and with your strength and guidance I can respond to the nudges of life that call me to share your love and concern.
Bernadette Asbach osf