Monday 31 August 2015

Monday of 22nd year, uneven numbered year Lundi de la 22e semaine, année impaire

Jesus said’ Do not be afraid, from now on it is people you will be catching.’

Col. 1, 9-14 Ps.97 Lk. 5, 1-11

Thursday of 22nd Week, uneven numbered year

“Now it happened that he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowds pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats at the water’s edge. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing the 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.”

Jesus was at the side of the Lake of Geneseret, the crowd pushing each other around so as to get to listen to him. Jesus announces the Word of God, his love for the world pushed about by crowds wanting to touch him. Jesus saw two boats, one of which belonged to Peter. He asked to get into his boat! This word goes right through Peter, it conditions him. Jesus is there in the boat teaching the crowd at the lake side with Peter at his side making sure that the boat is stable enough. Peter hears the speech but can also hear the tone of voice Jesus has, and he can be close to him physically, seeing what effort it takes for Jesus to talk to the crowd in this way. In its charnel dimension the Word comes to encounter Him in Peter’s work place, in his daily life and touches his desire, the desire each one of us has. There are so many unexplored possibilities in our lives, so many expectations buried within us : leave, go elsewhere, discover! Like Peter, we ask for the grace to listen to God’s Word to be able to get to know Him. Mary received Jesus in her and through her, humanity was welcomed. Jesus’ message of Love has to pass throughout the whole of humanity, to spread to all nations.

* "When Jesus had finished speaking he said to Peter, ’Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ Simon replied, ’Master, we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, we 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 signaled to their

companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled both boats to sinking point.“Jesus is sat in the boat next to Peter who is attentive to his teaching. Jesus’ teaching reveals to Peter who he really is. Peter, being a fisherman, knows what fishing entails. In spite of having caught not one single fish during the night’s fishing trip, he says to Jesus, ’ if you tell me to, I’ll throw in my fishing nets’ What then happened was they caught so many fish that the nets were torn, and seeing this, Peter falls down on his knees saying ’ Lord, stay far from me for I am a sinner!’ ’ Go out into deep waters’ Jesus had said to Peter : go out of your comfort zone, far from your usual sure way of doing things and of being.Peter trusted Jesus because the relationship he has with Jesus nourishes him. He is at the service of Jesus and it is a blessing for Peter that this young Rabbi who teaches crowds asks for his service!”For he and his companions were completely awestruck 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 people you will be catching.’ Then , bringing their boats back to land they left everything and followed him."

Peter’s arms can feel the fish caught in the nets squirming about.He stretches his muscles to bring them into the boat, pulling on his back to haul them all in. The Word had done its work, what should have come about had indeed come about. An extraordinary state of things had been produced, after a word that had been given and a speech that had been heard. Peter feels at the same time attracted and scared. Jesus touches him in the depths of his being and he is set free. A desire is awoken within him and he also feels poor, available to serve Jesus. Throwing himself at Jesus’ feet, Peter says ’ Keep away from me for I am a sinner!’ In this prostrated position the Word proposes to Peter to follow him and to continue the adventure that had begun.This is how Jesus transforms Peter’s heart, he will take him as his friend. Jesus knows what is beautiful in this man. He also knows that his own Goodness will end up turning him into a gentle and humble

person. It is the mystery of each of our lives, of our questions concerning God and others. Jesus joins us in the very depths of our being where God awaits us. He comes to establish a reign of peace, of light and of love. We look to Him and want to love Him for the Word from God which is given for us today.

We ask for the grace to let ourselves be seduced by Jesus so as to join Him and to love Him.