Thought of the day
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Thursday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time

"From now on you will be catching men."

“Look! I will send many fishermen, says the Lord, to catch them” (Jer 16,16). Thus he makes clear our great mission: fishing. It is said or written sometimes that the world is like the sea. There is a certain truth in the comparison. In human lives, as in the sea, there are periods of calm and periods of storm, of peace and of raging winds. Very often men find themselves in salt waters among great waves; they make headway through great storms, sorry seafarers even when they seem joyful and even enthusiastic: their laughter seeks to disguise their discouragement, disappointment, their lives without either charity or understanding. They devour each other like fish.

Act in such a way that all men will enter the divine net of their own free will and will love one another. This is the task of God's children. As Christians we should turn ourselves into those fishermen described by the prophet Jeremiah with the help of a metaphor that Jesus Christ also often used: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” he said to Peter and Andrew.

We are going to join Christ in that divine fishing. “While the crowd was pressing in and listening to the word of God,” Jesus “was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret” (Lk 5,1). Just as he does today! Can't you see?