Dear sisters and brothers,
The first Reading tells of the call of Isaiah to the ministry of prophecy. In a vision in the Temple God reveals himself to Isaiah as the All-holy One. The vision evokes in Isaiah a sense of his own sinfulness. But then, cleansed of his sin, he responds without hesitation to the divine call. This prepares us for the Gospel which deals with the call of the first disciples. Here again we see that it is God who takes the initiatives, and also the total response he requires.
The miracles catch of the fish convinces Peter of the holiness of Jesus. This evokes in him a sense of their own sinfulness and unworthiness, so much so that he asks Jesus to depart from him. Peter has not yet grasped the fact that it was to call sinners that Jesus came, to call them away from sin to a new life. Nevertheless, at the word of Jesus, Peter and his companions leave everything and follow him. The phrase ‘they left everything’ shows the importance for Luke of detachment from possessions. The second Reading stresses the central belief of Christianity-the resurrection of Jesus. Paul declares that, in spite of his unworthiness, he is a witness to the resurrection.
Fr. Valery Burusu
Let your light shine
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,
But that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant,
Gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you to be?
You are children of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
(From the inaugural speech of Nelson Mandela).