September 2, 2010
Luke 5: 1-11
After having instructed the people at the shore of Lake Genneseret, Jesus steps into Peter’s boat and gives instructions to “put out a short distance from the shore.” Christ further instructs them to lower their nets for a catch, even though the apostles had been fishing all night and was unsuccessful.
Peter explains the situation but then does as Jesus asks and all are astonished at the result. In this passage from Saint Luke, several important truths are brought to our attention.
Christ chooses Peter’s boat as the place from which to speak; from which to teach. It is a significant decision in light of the place of Peter in the apostolic College and the image of the traditional term: “the Barque of Peter.”
Secondly, despite the initial failure of the all night fishing expedition, they are ultimately successful because they chose to do as Jesus told them.
We learn from this narrative that Christ is always with us; He never deserts us, even when we do not feel His Presence and all seems hopeless.
We learn also that Jesus teaches us from “Peter’s boat,” that is, from the Church in which Saint Peter and his successors, the Bishops of Rome, teach, sanctify and govern all of the faithful.
And finally, the admonition of Jesus not to be frightened, but rather to set out into the deep and be “fishers of men.” This Divine exhortation is addressed to each of us to be conscious of his incorporation into the Mystical Body of Christ which is the Church.
Christ counts on each of us to be a light for others, especially those around us, so that our daily witness may bring them to Jesus, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.