Reading 1 COL 1:9-14
Responsorial Psalm PS 98:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 5-6
Gospel LK 5:1-11
Today’s readings remind me that we are called as God’s holy ones to be disciples and make disciples. Not only do these readings call us to be active disciples, but they also equip us with the prayers and tools we need to fulfill our call. There are so many times where I feel God leading me in one direction, but like Simon Peter, I feel like my sin disqualifies me. I’m just an everyday person that fails Jesus constantly. How could Jesus possibly use ME? Yet Christ does call me despite my brokenness to spread His name. Jesus doesn’t call extraordinary people to discipleship and mission. Look at who followed him—tax collectors, fishermen, carpenters, and everyday people like you and me. When Jesus enters our lives, he changes everything. Jesus called Simon and his partners in today’s Gospel as they are-- fishermen. Jesus said, "Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men." While our vocations may be different, and though we may hear His voice in our own ways, today’s reading is our direct call to go out, catch our neighbors, and make disciples. God doesn’t call the equipped. He equips the “called.”
Today’s first reading shows us how we are supposed to evangelize. So often today we forget to pray for our neighbors until tragedy hits. We wait to spread Jesus’ name until we are in desperate need for him. I know I can be guilty of this. How much would our world be different if we all lowered our nets and wrapped our neighbors in the net of this community? What if we prayed for each other intentionally every day for understanding of God’s will? How often do we tell someone "I'll pray for you?” How often do we actually remember to do it? Do we ask other people to pray for us?
St Paul tells the people of Colossae, “since the day we heard about you we have not stopped praying for you.” Paul calls us to intentionally pray for those that Jesus places in our lives, and not just for big things. When we do all of this and become fishers of men, we answer Christ’s call to be disciples and to make disciples. If we all were to do this, imagine how many ordinary people like you and me would become extraordinary people living out God’s mission to make disciples. I encourage you to share your prayer requests to our prayer thread every Monday morning on Facebook. If we can start the habit of praying continuously for the people at Prince of Peace, we will be filled with the graces and the confidence to expand past our parish.