A Collection of Fish

Reading 1 – EX 40:16-21, 34-38

Responsorial Psalm – PS 84:3, 4, 5-6A and 8A, 11

Gospel – MT 13:47-53

“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind”

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!”  

“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young”

I love the imagery presented in the Gospel and Responsorial Psalm for today’s readings – “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.” Thirty years ago, my husband Rick and I, swam into the net of Prince of Peace. Recently married at All Saints Catholic Church, we answered the call to join in the forming of a New Parish Community and School in Plano. 

Thirty years ago, at Prince of Peace, we were “The Young Marrieds.” Now we have transitioned over to “The Empty Nesters.” It seems like in the blink of an eye that transition occurs… now I HAVE “Young Married” Children. The path along the way has been filled with the most kind, caring, generous and loving group of people that I call home – Prince of Peace. 

There have definitely been times in my journey where I have floated away, only to be pulled back into the loving net of Prince of Peace. One such time was when my youngest child, Jessie, graduated from High School. In an instant she was off to college, and Rick and I were truly empty nesters. Like most parents, I realized that my volunteerism and activities had been centered on my children and supporting their activities – which of course was a good thing! But then in that instant, I felt somewhat lost and without direction. Truly by the Grace of God I saw the Parish Bulletin announcement seeking applications for the Parish Council. I applied and will now be finishing my Third Year Term on The Council. What I have loved about serving on The Council is meeting New People at all Stages of their lives – Young Marrieds, Young Families, Young Adults, Teenagers, Empty Nesters, Prime Timers and the Energetic Parish Staff! I have had the good fortune to serve with some people that I have known for almost thirty years and some I have just met this year. 

It has been inspiring to serve with a Collection of Fish! We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all call Prince of Peace home. The Responsorial Psalm for today, “How Lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!” genuinely reflects my thoughts on Prince of Peace.

Thank you all for embracing me for thirty years! Here’s to thirty more!


Carrie Martinez