Teaching the Thickheaded
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
oday I will pray and make a sacrifice to Our Lord so that he sends generous and holy vocations to the Church, especially where she needs them the most.
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Lord, thank you for
revealing your tender, merciful, Sacred Heart to us. Your Heart gives me the confidence to turn back
to you as many times as I fall. I know that I hurt you the most when I neglect to trust in your
infinite love for me. And so now in this meditation, good and kind Jesus, I intend to rest in your
Lord, give me faith so I can be a docile instrument in your
great work of saving souls.
1. Jesus Sees Our Hearts:
In today's Gospel we see
Our Lord presented as a wonderful teacher of souls. First, Christ is a teacher to the multitude
whose hearts were opened to his teaching by his marvelous miracles. He is also more subtly presented
as a teacher to Saint Peter, whom he would later choose to lead his Church. His first lesson to
Peter, besides the one Peter hears Jesus preach from his boat, is the very personal message of his
worth in Christ's eyes. Jesus provides a miracle just for Peter not to heal him of some infirmity,
but to demonstrate Christ's overflowing love for him. He speaks loudly through his action of the
miraculous catch. Whether through want or abundance, health or infirmity, am I able to discern
Our Lord's lessons for me in my life? Am I open to his lessons of love?
2. From the
Depths of Our Faith:
Our Lord implemented a deeper lesson plan with Peter in order to prepare
him for his great mission of being the first pope. Peter would need to move to a more supernatural
level if Christ were to entrust him with the keys of the Kingdom of heaven. Testing his generosity,
Christ commandeered Peter's boat in order to teach the crowds gathered at the shore. Then Jesus led
Peter to make an act of faith: he asked him to set out into the deep and drop his nets at a time
when it didn't appear opportune to fish. If Peter were to answer the supernatural call to be a
fisher of men, he would have to depend on Our Lord's working of miracles. Only by the grace of
Christ is God able to redeem what humanly seems unsalvageable.
3. A Lesson of Mercy:
Mercy is God's divine method of teaching: by showing mercy to sinners, Christ teaches us
important lessons. Peter's intentions are discovered and revealed in his confession at the shore.
Peter confesses his lack of faith despite his "obedience" to Our Lord's command to cast out into the
deep. Our Lord taught Peter a great lesson when he blessed Peter's feeble and meager faith with a
contrastingly abundant catch of fish. Does my faith in God show in my actions? Am I willing to
respond generously in the work of the New Evangelization?
Lord, help me with the grace of your mercy to accept
unfeasible in human terms. Help me to
accept your call for me to work in establishing a
of love in today's world. Help me Lord, to be always faithful
your friendship, sincere in my faith, and diligent in
service to you and my neighbors in
Today I will pray and make a sacrifice to Our Lord so
that he sends generous and holy vocations to the Church, especially where she needs them the
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