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Today’s Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
When we have a real, genuine encounter with Jesus, nothing is the same. You cannot simply go back to the way things used to be once the Risen Christ has revealed Himself to you. But this is precisely what Peter tried to do in today’s Gospel passage. He must have asked himself, “what now?” Not yet knowing what his mission was, Peter went back to his previous profession, fishing, and the other disciples followed. But they caught nothing! Previously making a living by fishing, now they failed. Why? They tried to do it without Jesus! It is not until Jesus appears on the beach and instructs them where to throw the nets that they catch something. The carpenter is telling the fishermen how to fish, something that wouldn’t make sense if He wasn’t God.
It is only then that the disciples, specifically the one whom Jesus loved, recognized that it is Jesus. Peter couldn’t wait to see his Savior again, so he jumped in the water to get to Jesus. He wouldn’t let the boat, the fish, the job, the water, the waves – he wouldn’t let anything keep him from Jesus this time. Peter chose once again to leave his previous life and follow Jesus. The disciples soon came to shore with the net, filled with 153 large fish – so many fish and yet the nets didn’t tear. Why? Because Jesus not only gives us an abundance of what we need, but He also gives us the grace to carry/handle it.
The disciples were given the gift of these fish and return them to Jesus who then cooks breakfast. In gratitude, they return to Jesus, who sustains them and provides for all of their needs.
Am I living now the same way I did before I truly knew Christ?
Jesus, without You I can do nothing, nor do I want to do anything without You. Give me the grace to jump in the water and swim to You, who provide for all of my needs.
Copyright 2017 Adam Nowak
Adam Nowak is a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit, currently in his third year of theological studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Prior to entering seminary, Adam obtained a degree in psychology and religious studies. When not at the seminary, he can often be found reading Von Balthasar at one of the many hipster coffee shops in Detroit.
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