There are moments in our service to our communities that we become so tired and weary that we want to give up feeling frustrated and spent. Especially when the results are far away from our desired outcomes, we want to veer away from reality and fly out of it all, trying to escape the disappointments and failures.
My daughter Alexa plays the piano so well that we look forward to listening her play at home. Yet, we’ve observed that the moments she does it are times when she’s expressing herself — and the best music comes out naturally. As an artist, I sketch and draw but these are also mood dependent, the timing simply has to be there so that I can focus on it and get better results. You don’t do it just anytime, there’s what you call the perfect moment in doing the things you love to do.
In the Gospel (Lk. 5: 1-11), “the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, Jesus asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
Simon must have been so tired already but the words of Jesus was powerful enough to persuade him to follow the Lord. As a fisherman who knows his work well, Simon knows it may just be a waste of time, but the Lord’s command is just so hard to resist especially that Jesus has worked wonders and miracles. True enough, “When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.”
Thus, the Lord is assuring He is behind you in all that you do especially when you are in the service of His people. The “deep water” that Jesus mentioned here is significant. In the turbulent and stormy times that the Church is in, you have to recognize that you have to follow the call of the Lord as you have a role to do. In your Parish you may be a youth coordinator or volunteer, or a reader/commentator, an altar server, a Eucharistic minister, a Mother Butler guild member, etc. it really doesn’t matter what your service is or what others may think. You may say that what you are doing is insignificant, but don’t worry, the Lord is not after the grand things, He is after obedience and humility in serving Him.
Even St. Paul felt that way when he said in the Second Reading (1 Cor. 15: 1-11) “For I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective.”
Today, reflect on the service that the Lord has given you to do. Feel and hear as in the First Reading (Is. 6: 1-2a, 3-8) the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?” Gently follow His command and say “Here I am, send me!” And you’ll be amazed at the bountiful harvest that is forthcoming.
“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt. 4: 9)