Dear Church Family,
We have entered into this special month of February, Black History Month, Ground Hog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Mardi Gras and the Beginning of Lent. The Word of God today certainly has a message of calling us to evangelize. “Leave everything and follow me.” This is calling us to be like Peter who was reluctant to follow and lower the nets because they were probably tired from working all night and catching nothing. But he was trusting even though he did not believe very strongly. That’s why he probably said after the great catch of fish, humbling himself, “Depart from me, oh Lord, for I am a sinful person.” Jesus says, “From now on you will be catching men” meaning Jesus wanted them to be His followers and attract men and women and spread the Good News. The Scripture tells us that almost immediately they brought their boats to shore, left everything and followed Him. What an immediate response to a call! We are all called to spread and share the Good News. That’s a need for all of us.
Isaiah was so willing to be touched by the Lord, that his lips and mouth were touched with the burning coal to purify them. A strong sign! We probably don’t want that. We want to always be able to say, “Here I am Lord, send me.” So, this week feel yourself called in lots of little ways – called to know more about African-American History, to do some little ministry in the parish and do it well. We are called this week to reach out and touch somebody. All this is good in February-the month of Love.
Church, remember Jesus is calling us to be fishers of people. We are not to be afraid. We are to be bold like Paul and all things will work out. What a blessing it is to celebrate today our dynamic call each and every day to continue Jesus’ mission of love and salvation. Keep lowering the nets of the Good News and keep spreading it by the way you live, proclaim and love. Have a good Black History Month where you learn more and more about the Lord. Amen! Alleluia!!!
Love, Fr. Bob