February 10, 2019
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
IS 6:1-2A, 3-8 PS 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8 1 COR 15:1-11 LK 5:1-11
The readings at Mass today are full of hope and promise, revealing the mysterious workings of God’s grace.
Namely this: we don’t have to be perfect in order to be an instrument of God. We simply have to let His perfect grace work through us, so that His will can be fulfilled in us and through us.
Isaiah feared the awesome holiness of God; St Paul described himself the most abnormal of all, reminding the Corinthians he once was the Church’s persecutor; and St Peter was ashamed to be in Christ’s presence. In other words, they all recognized their unworthiness. They weren’t expressing false humility. They knew how they compared to God, that they were far beneath Him. Yet God took these imperfect, flawed men, and accomplished the impossible through them.
We will never be perfect, obviously. But if we wait until we’re holy enough, good enough, or saintly enough, before accepting Jesus’ invitation to follow Him, then chances are we never will. Here’s the truth: the saints weren’t saints before following Jesus, only after having made that decision. They said “Yes Lord”, and His grace did the rest.
If Jesus tells you today to cast your net, do it. Have faith, and be amazed when His power accomplishes the impossible through you. The work will be difficult – the net may nearly break, and the boat may nearly sink – but God will remember His promises. We will toil more than all the rest, but our hope is assured. The bounty will be beyond our imagination, and the world will be changed, one soul at a time.
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