Christ taught the multitude from Simon’s boat. Simon, being a fisherman, had given Jesus use of his livelihood, that it may fulfill Christ’s need, and after Jesus had use of Simon’s boat, how could Christ not give back to him abundantly? To accomplish that, Jesus asked Simon to lower his nets again. Simon was tired, but this was a moment of decision. It is one thing to lend his boat but to give his time and effort, especially after he had already failed, required great respect and docility, traits we do not commonly associate with Simon Peter. Yet, Simon said: “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command, I will lower the nets.” (Luke 5:5), and Simon caught plentiful fish.
If Christ’s words are enough to spur our thoughts, they must also spur us into action. What will we do when he calls us to act upon his word?
Simon calls Jesus “Master,” a sign of deep respect. Our master tells us what to do, and we are to be docile in our tasks. Simon looks to his master and submits humbly to Christ’s will.
After we have failed in our efforts and expended all our energy, we might be low on hope and trust, yet Jesus tells us to persevere. Would we trust Him and have a little faith?
We, like Simon, are all probably a little tired, but what are we to do when we recognize the caring command of the One who loves us? It is a call of love. May we be like Simon, that in humility, we may discover strength for our hope and faith, and endure, that we may receive the gift of love that our master has prepared for us, especially in the Eucharist.
Lord, you delight in the faith of your loved ones. Please, help us persevere in the mission you assigned us, even when we are tired and frustrated. Help us be humble and docile, so we may endure and receive the gifts you want to bestow upon us. Amen.