A Word from Fr. Chris
“They left everything and followed Him.” (Luke 5-11)
Last week we read that Jesus addressed His own people in the synagogue. They were pleased at the gracious words and power that came from His mouth. At the same time they despised and ridiculed Him and said, “Is he not the son of Joseph? Do here in your native place those things we heard you did in Capernaum”. They forgot that as God He could perform or work miracles anywhere, near or far, if only they have faith in Him. We can see that lack of faith can rob one of what God could have done for him or her.
Today, we hear of the prophet, Isaiah, who saw the glory of God and acknowledged his sinfulness before him. He believed that the Lord could change him for the better if only he recognized what he was, a weak and sinful man. The Lord touched his lips, removed his wickedness, and purged him of his sinfulness. He heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Who will go for us? Whom shall we send?” He said, “Here am I, send me”. Isaiah immediately became a changed person and spoke to the people with power the message of the Lord as a prophet.
Similarly, Jesus was standing at the lake of Gennesaret and saw two boats. The fishermen had disembarked from them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon and asked him to launch into the deep for a catch. “Master,” he said, “we have fished all night and caught nothing but at your command I will lower the nets.” The result was that they caught so much fish that their boats were to a sinking point. Simon was so amazed at the fish they had caught and said to Jesus, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” The message is that Jesus can always make us something much greater than what we never expected if only we manifest faith in Him and are ready to follow Him.