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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How foolish indeed are we who think we are wiser than the Lord our God! No I would never think that… Really?

What does it say when we say and act as though we are in control of everything there is in our lives? With some of us even trying to control other people’s lives. What does it say when our Lord calls us for a task or simply to follow Him and we say to Him, “No Lord not right now, not ready, no time, I’ve got more important plans or things, people to attend to.” Who then is the wiser?

We are wise when we come to realise that we don’t know everything there is to know, especially the ways of our Lord and God. When we humble ourselves to learn His ways through His Word and to be present in His presence. To be obedient unto Him so that He can teach us and mould us to be powerful instruments of His grace. So that we too like St Peter and companions, can become fishers of men. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 3:18-23
The wisdom of the world is foolishness to God

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men’s thoughts: he knows how useless they are; or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death, the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

Gospel

Luke 5:1-11
They left everything and followed him

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.’ Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.