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SEPTEMBE 2. Ord Time B. Wk 22. Thu. Lk. 5. 1-11

Updated: Sep 2

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.


This is a significant gospel reading because of the detail it reveals about both Jesus and his first apostles. We find Jesus preaching by the lakeside to a large crowd who were pressing down on him so he turns to some fishermen who were nearby and asks if he can make use of their boats, to which they agreed.


After asking them to put out a little from the shore he then sat down in the boat and taught the crowd from there. It was still relatively early in the morning so presumably Christ was able to preach to the people for a significant amount of time. When he had finished his teaching he turned to the fishermen and suggested they put out their nets again and try for some fish.


What we have here is a humble carpenter talking to professional fishermen, who just spent the whole night fishing, and they had caught nothing, and not only that; - they were well advanced in the cleaning of their nets. The likelihood of this advice, by a non-fishermen, being heeded, is highly unlikely but on this occasion they did so without hesitation.


I suspect the reason for this is they had just spent a significant amount of time listening to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and there would be little doubt his preaching would have had a profound impact on them. As a result, they would not have felt inclined to refuse his request, given the wisdom of his teachings that they had just heard, and so they put out the nets again after fishing all night and catching nothing.


One can only wonder about the content of Jesus long teaching session with the crowd, but there would be little doubt he would have been repeating and clarifying the teachings which were preserved for his Church, as reported to us by St Matthew in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5. Chapters 5-7) along with the teachings that have been passed down to us in the Gospels.


Given his divine nature it is highly unlikely any of his sermons would have contained lessons not found within the Gospels; - which reveals what a treasure the Church has in the Gospels?


Gospel Acclamation Mt4:19


Alleluia, alleluia!

Come, follow me, says the Lord,

and I will make you fishers of my people.

Alleluia!


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.


OFFICE OF READING.... part.


"I know the plans I have in mind for you – it is the Lord who speaks – plans for peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of hope for you. Then when you call to me, and come to plead with me, I will listen to you. When you TRULY seek me you shall find me, when you seek me with ALL your heart; I will let you find me – it is the Lord who speaks. I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have dispersed you – it is the Lord who speaks. I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you".







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