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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 5,1-11): One day, Jesus (…) 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 (…). Upon seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus' knees, saying, «Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!» (…). Jesus said to Simon, «Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on» (…).

The Church as “Missionary”

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, we discover the "missionary imprint" which is present in the Church since its early foundation: the very Roman Pontiff is a "Fisher of men". Simon was called one day, just like any other, while he was washing his nets. The Master saw at the water’s edge two boats and boarded one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then, He sat down and taught the people from the boat: thus, Peter’s boat became the chair of Jesus Christ.

When He was done, He asked Simon to put out into the deep and let down the nets for a catch. Jesus was a carpenter, not a fisherman. However, "Simon, the fisherman" trusted him. His response to the miraculous catch was shuddering. Jesus reacted by encouraging him to have confidence and open himself to a project that exceeded all expectations: "To fish for people”. Peter could not imagine that one day he would arrive in Rome to become there a true "Fisher of men" for God.

—O Lord, with Peter, we feel we are "sent" by God to carry your Gospel to all souls.