Feb 6
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Be Not Afraid

Is 6:1-2a, 3-8 / 1 Cor 15:1-11 / Lk 5:1-11

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Simon to “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  Perhaps a bit cranky and exhausted after having already fished all night with nothing to show for his labors, Simon suggests to Our Lord that doing as he says would simply be a waste of time.  At this particular point in time, Simon, or Peter, was at a bit of a disadvantage compared to us, for he didn’t yet fully know that Jesus was also God.  Like Peter, we are also often asked by Jesus to perform tasks that we might be reluctant to perform; we might even be so bold as to think we know the better way.  But the reassuring words that Jesus spoke to Peter, “Do not be afraid,” are meant for us today, also.  Let us not be afraid to cast our nets or to put out into deep water when we, too, are called by the Lord.