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June 26th: St. Josemaría, presbyter

Gospel text (Lk 5,1-11): When Jesus had finished speaking He said to Simon, «Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch». One day, as Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, with a crowd gathered around him listening to the word of God, He caught sight of two boats left at the water's edge by the fishermen now washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to pull out a little from the shore. There He sat and continued to teach the crowd.

When He had finished speaking He said to Simon, «Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch». Simon replied, «Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will lower the nets». This they did and caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats almost to the point of sinking. Upon seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus' knees, saying, «Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!». For he and his companions were amazed at the catch they had made and so were Simon's partners, James and John, Zebedee's sons. Jesus said to Simon, «Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on». So they brought their boats to land and followed him, leaving everything.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we celebrate the "saint of the ordinary", Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer. He was born in Barbastro (Spain). Being very young, he became very sick and about to die. He was cured suddenly and, therefore, his mother offered it to the Virgin of Torreciudad. Later he suffered for the death of three little sisters of his and for the economic ruin of his father. Being a very young priest he received the light of God that made him understand that all men and women, of any category and profession, are called by God to holiness in the midst of the world. To spread this ideal he founded the Opus Dei (the Work of God).

- «"Great" holiness is in fulfilling the "small duties" of each moment» (St. Josemaría).