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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: November 30, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Are you a Fisher of men?
Each and everyone one of us will have to answer this question? If the answer is no then the follow up question will be why not? If the answer is not yet then what are you waiting for? If your answer is yes, then how many more will you catch for Him?

If Jesus the resurrected Lord is whom you love and believe in, then you surely must be a fisher of men. For how can you, who live in the light of the salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ not one others to be saved? God our Father willed that you be saved, that is why He sent His only Begotten Son. So if we are one with our Lord Jesus Christ then surely our wills must be one with His. And so our fight must be for the redemption of souls!

With the same faith and zeal of the apostles, let us leave everything behind to follow after our Lord. Amen

St Andrew pray for us….

First reading

Romans 10:9-18 ·
Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved. When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him, and they will not believe in him unless they have heard of him, and they will not hear of him unless they get a preacher, and they will never have a preacher unless one is sent, but as scripture says: The footsteps of those who bring good news are a welcome sound. Not everyone, of course, listens to the Good News. As Isaiah says: Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed? So faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ. Let me put the question: is it possible that they did not hear? Indeed they did; in the words of the psalm, their voice has gone out through all the earth, and their message to the ends of the world.

Gospel

Matthew 4:18-22
‘I will make you fishers of men’

As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast in the lake with their net, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And they left their nets at once and followed him. Going on from there he saw another pair of brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John; they were in their boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. At once, leaving the boat and their father, they followed him.


Who are you before the Lord our God?
The answer to this question determines where your faith and your relationship with Him lie therein. So ponder over this slowly and carefully.

It is far too easy to cry I want to follow Him! However before we can really do so, we need to know who we are before the Lord our God. Otherwise it is simply lip service while we hold on to full control of all that we say and do! Hence the key to following Him as we read at the very end of today’s Gospel is to leave everything behind. We have to leave behind first and foremost all our Sins, sinfulness behind us, our earthly attachments, our prideful ways, our self reliance on everything , the grandeur of thinking we have more knowledge and are better than others.

Yes we must first acknowledge that we are all sinners in need of His mercy and grace as we cry out to Him, ”Lord have mercy on me a sinner.” Through His mercy and grace as when we were first baptised we are perfectly cleansed of our sins. We can then strive to sin no more! For through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ we have been set free to live fully in His love. We can live as children so loved by God our Heavenly Father; We seek to strengthen and grow our relationship with Him day by day. Through prayer and the indwelling of His Word. By our love (agape) in action and the sharing of the word we draw others unto Him. Men and women caught up in the net of His everlasting love. Amen

First reading

Colossians 1:9-14 ·
God has taken us out of the power of darkness

Ever since the day we heard about you, we have never failed to pray for you, and what we ask God is that through perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding you should reach the fullest knowledge of his will. So you will be able to lead the kind of life which the Lord expects of you, a life acceptable to him in all its aspects; showing the results in all the good actions you do and increasing your knowledge of God. You will have in you the strength, based on his own glorious power, never to give in, but to bear anything joyfully, thanking the Father who has made it possible for you to join the saints and with them to inherit the light.
Because that is what he has done: he has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.

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.