Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
Would you like to go out fishing for God?
How many of you have ever been deep sea fishing? I have gone to deep sea fishing quite a few times. Indeed, I was shocked to learn that more than 2 million participated in the sport last year, resulting in retail sales of almost $2.4 billion dollars, sales tax of $143.7 million and a total economic impact of almost $4.5 billion dollars. Deep sea fishing provides jobs for nearly 55,000 people.
You may be wondering and asking what deep sea fishing has to do with today readings and with the church. You are going to see over the next four weeks that deep sea fishing is a picture of the deep soul fishing. As Saint Mark tells us in today’s reading: “Jesus passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, ‘come with me, and I will make you fishers of men.”’ That announcement tells us what our primary business is, both as a church and as followers of Jesus individually. You and I are followers of Jesus. So, I would like to invite you and also myself to go further and understand that every day Jesus would like fishers of men to launch out into the sea of humanity to catch human souls for God.
Actually, the church's primary business is the fishing business, and no matter how well we do it, if we ever get out of the fishing business, we are out of business. Indeed, your neighborhood is a lake full of fish. Your office is a lake full of fish, and also your school is a lake full of fish. When Jesus said: "I will make you fishers of men,” he not only told Simon and his brother Andrew but he also continues to tell it to you and I. He was saying, I will take you, with your personality, your background, and I will use you to catch men and women and boys and girls and bring them into my family.
You and I also can be Jonah to the people of our communities, and our nation. So, are you ready to go out deep soul fishing for God?
Rev. Dominic Toan Tran,
Come after me; I will make you
Fishers of Men.
Mark 1, 17