Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of Luke (5: 1-11) in which Jesus, who had been teaching people about the Word of God, from Simon’s boat, says to him, “Put out into deep water, and pay out your nets for a catch”, to which Simon responds, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.”
In today’s Gospel, Fr Paul says, we hear and experience the call of the first disciples, and we see a play on the words, like Matthew’s and Mark’s Gospel, of being fishers for people.
In the Gospel of Luke, Peter (Simon) and his friends have already gotten to know Jesus before they are commissioned. As special scene in this Gospel is Peter’s declaration that he is a sinful man. Luke often teaches us that no one can be a disciple of Jesus without first admitting their sinfulness.
For our reflection today, Fr Paul invites us to consider, ‘What is Jesus calling me to do at this time in my life?’