Reading I: Colossians 1:9-14
Responsorial: Psalms 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Today's Gospel relates the story of the calling of Peter, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus tells Peter, after he has used Peter's boat to teach the crowd, to put out his boat, and although he had caught nothing, Peter did as he was told. They caught such a huge catch of big fish that the nets began to tear. Peter, on seeing this, fell to his knees and said, "leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man." Then Jesus called Peter and his brothers to follow him.
Jesus asked Peter a favour, to use his boat.
Peter granted Jesus his wish, and then listened to what Jesus said.
Jesus' teaching in some way touched Peter and when Jesus told Peter to put out again and fish some more, Pete was obedient.
On pulling in the nets, Peter realized this man Jesus was someone very special and saw his sinfulness in relation to him.
Peter responded to the call of Jesus.
This is the same pattern that Jesus uses in our life. He asks us to do something, we agree, he shows his power in the deed and then he calls us deeper into relationship with him. When we see and understand this pattern we begin to focus on the work of God in our lives.