FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
T he three Scripture passages for this fifth Sunday offer us an idea about the vocation of three great biblical men. It is about Isaiah, Paul and Peter who respectively had some personal experience with God that had transformed their lives completely. Even though their experiences are by no mean identical but they have realized that their God is real and holy and they are themselves sinners and loved by God. Each of them, in spite of their humanness personality, they get to understand that they have been called and sent by God. Isaiah in the first reading proclaimed “I am a man of impure lips”; but touched by the Holy Spirit, was able to say here I am Lord. Paul in the second reading admits with great humility that because of his past life he is not fit to be called Apostle but realized by the grace of God He is what he is. Finally Peter of course, the most fully human Apostle in spite of his unworthiness took a chance with Jesus words.
Looking into the vocation of Isaiah, Paul and Peter we can realize each one of us won’t know profoundly our misery our sinfulness only in the presence of God when he revealed to us his holiness. Of course the experience for each of us will be different and adapted to our life style and realities. But the essence will be the same. God’s love, forgiveness and mercy transformed and placed us in the front line of service. Jesus loves to surprise us. I can imagine the reaction of Peter and his companions by the Lake of Gennesaret when Jesus said: “Put out into deep water and lower the nets”. Peter great fisherman in his own comfort zone is being challenged by the Lord Jesus. Very often we have challenged by Jesus; the only thing we have to do is to let go. Peter with all humility took a great risk and profoundly aware of his doubt and unworthiness surrender to Jesus when he saw the great amount of fish they have caught.
My brothers and sisters, today we have an opportunity to once again review our call to serve and follow the word of God like Isaiah, Paul and Peter. Our participation in the Eucharist is a reminder to each of us of our commitment and mission to lower the net of the word and make it accessible to all those around us. God is calling us to become fishers of men in spite of our unworthiness and sins. May he stir out in our heart any doubt and insecurity and transform us with his grace, mercy and his unconditional love
Rev. Ducasse François