While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
How difficult for us to submit ourselves to the person who sacrificed himself for our own sake? Jesus always reminds us, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” We are always afraid of what will happen to us because in our minds it is implanted already that what our decisions now will affect our future. Human beings are always busy fighting for the demands and standards of life, we tend to forget that Jesus is waiting and hoping that we can still submit ourselves to him and to God’s plan. From the Gospel today, it reminds us that everyday is a calling and challenges for us as Christians. Remember as Jesus
had said, “Do not be afraid”, in the world it is not always being alone. We work together, we trust, and we journey together following the footsteps of Jesus. God has a plan and has promising abundance if we will just left everything and followed him.
Lasallian Guiding Principle
From the LGP, “The Spirit of Faith flows from a relationship of communion with the Triune God who wills to save all people by drawing them into a life-giving communion with him and with one another in the Lasallian tradition.” This is again the challenge for us One Lasallian Family, the spirit of communion in the presence of God must be observed. We are all here to follow the footsteps of our founder as we follow the footsteps of Jesus. St. John Baptist de La Salle is a servant leader emulating the actions of Jesus. How about us being Lasallians? How do we take action from what we learn and from what we receive from the institution?
Lord, we know not all the time we see you and we feel you. But despite of all of these you are still there for us. You are the real servant leader, and as you bring the challenge to us dear Lord, we want your guidance and loving presence for us know that we are still in the right path. We thank you Lord for everything we receive and what we do everyday is for your own glory. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!
Guiding Principles for the Philippine Lasallian family
Prepared by :
Jason Ryan P. Barbosa – Special Health Sciences High School