FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Green) CYCLE C/YEAR II (February 7, 2016)
Is 6:1-2a, 3-8/1 Cor 15;1-11 or 1 Cor 15:3-8, 11/Lk 5:1-11
After preaching to hundreds of people in the beach using the boat of Peter, Jesus commanded Peter to fish. Peter knew by experience that it was not the proper moment to catch fish and that there was no fish in that area. He was a professional fisherman and Jesus was not. Even though it was an impossible thing to catch fish, yet Peter obeyed the words of Jesus by faith saying: “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets” (Lk 5:5). And behold, they caught a lot of fish. Overwhelmed by the miracle, Peter begged Jesus to leave him as he was a sinner. Yet Jesus called him to be his disciple, saying to him: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men” (Lk 5:10b).
Jesus calls each of us to be His disciple like Peter. Like Peter, we are all unworthy of the call because we are all sinners. The good thing is that Jesus calls us despite of our sinfulness. He wants us to accompany Him and help Him in the proclamation of the Good News of our salvation and in the transformation of the world. He never minds our past or our situation in life. In fact, He calls each of us in our distinct situations and capacities to be His instrument in sharing the love of God with different kinds of people.
Certainly, we are all unworthy of the call, yet this unworthiness must not hinder us from following Christ. We must always remember that Jesus called Peter despite the unworthiness of Peter. Our unworthiness must be our reason and motivation for us to exert an extra effort to become a better and more worthy follower of Christ.
Peter obeyed Jesus even though he could not understand what Jesus was telling him. Like Peter, we must also be obedient to Jesus and to His Catholic Church. Jesus is calling us for a mission. We are not simply followers of Christ but also His instruments. We are not simply Christ’s disciples but also His apostles, sent for a mission. Our mission is to share Jesus with others by showing God’s love to them, extending our hands to them, helping the needy and making others happy.
In following Jesus, Peter left everything behind, including his job and his family. We must also leave everything behind that can hinder us from being faithful to Jesus. We must leave our sinfulness and selfishness, our vices and bad attitudes, our evil thoughts and feelings. We must rather focus on Jesus and on His deeds and teachings. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the way to God the Father; He is the truth that sets us free; and He is the life eternal. Only in Jesus can we find the meaning of our lives and the happiness that never fades.
In doing our mission, there is no need for us to leave our families and works the way Peter did. What Jesus wants of us is to make use of whatever we have and we are in sharing the love of God with others. May through the intercession of our blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, we become faithful and obedient to Jesus so that we can be His effective instruments in bringing the Good News of our salvation to others.