Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11;Luke 5:1-11
“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (Luke 5:10)
Think about what would have been left out of this story if Jesus had never said this to Peter. It still would have been an amazing miracle and one of the best “fish stories” of all time. A fisherman at the peak of his profession can’t catch any fish. A virtual stranger tells him to try again, and he catches more than his nets can hold! That alone showed Peter that he was standing before someone with a special relationship with God—an important lesson indeed. But there’s more at stake than fish here.
When Jesus tells Peter that he will be catching people, he is telling him about his mission. Peter now has a new calling. He is to bring souls into the kingdom of God. Jesus proves that he will provide for all of Peter’s material needs—fishing is no problem for him! It’s people that he values most of all. So he entrusts Peter with bringing them into his Church. And in saying “Do no be afraid,” he’s assuring Peter that he’ll give him the same success in his new endeavor as he gave him with catching fish.
Do you have a plan for how you are going to share the gospel? Do you have some idea of the people you are going to share it with? Try this approach. Choose five people, and pray for them every day. Ask the Lord to open their hearts and to give you opportunities to share your faith with them.
Ask him, also, to lead you in what to say. You may end up telling one person how you met the Lord. You may invite another to Mass or adoration. Or you may ask another why he or she doesn’t believe, and just plant a seed. Don’t worry about the outcome. Just trust that the Lord will lead the right people to whatever “net” you are casting.
“Lord, give me the desire to lead people to you. Help me to see their needs, to meet them where they are, and to be willing to tell them of your salvation.”~WAU