J.M.J. This Homily is for today's Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Fourth Sunday after Pentecost).
“Put out into the deep, and lower your nets for a catch.”
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When we hear the words of Our Blessed Lord to Simon Peter toward the end of today’s Holy Gospel from Saint Luke, that “you shall catch men,” we remember Saint Peter’s later mission as the Pope. The Pope and the Clergy have a special role: to bring Christ to His people.
But we may forget that all baptized persons, regardless of their individual vocations, are to lead others to Jesus. This is our goal.
As Simon Peter recognized his sinfulness, we do the same. Then, we can grow in the virtue of humility and understand that any good we do is from the benevolent hand of God.
In his Letter to the Romans, Saint Paul writes “that all creation groans and travails in pain until now” as the unfolding of the plan of Jesus Christ becomes clear.
We may also apply those words to our participation in leading others to Christ. Something is not quite right until we do our job in proclaiming the Gospel to those around us.
When we do the work of God by bringing others to Him, then we are holy, and we are happy.
Imagine our entrance into Heaven when we will live forever with Jesus, Mary and the Heavenly Court and those who led us to God and those whom we led to God.
It is not always easy to share Jesus with others. But it is possible.
May we open our hearts to all that God wants for us and from us.
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May God bless, pardon and reward our Dads, both living and deceased.