Feb. 10, 2013: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
When Jesus had finished speaking (to the crowds from the boat) he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and cast out your nets for a catch.’ Simon replied, ‘Master, we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will cast 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 signaled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled both 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.’ He and all his companions were completely awestruck at the catch they had made. (Luke 5:4-9)
It’s a good thing Simon Peter believed Jesus and then did what he suggested. Otherwise, he and his companions would never have pulled in the big catch of fish and they depended on fishing to make a living. You can tell it made Simon Peter pretty nervous because he asked Jesus to leave him, feeling that he was not worthy to be with such a good person as Jesus.
Every day we have opportunities to listen to Jesus suggesting to us what to do. His “voice” may come in the suggestion of a friend that you visit someone in a nursing home or you hear of a friend who is upset and you go to be with them.
You are the person Jesus uses each day to reach out to others. Listen well.