No Earthly Reason

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Sun. Feb., 10, 2019, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
•Is 6:1-2A, 3-8
•Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
•1 Cor 15:1-11
•Lk 5:1-11


In the Gospel reading this weekend, after preaching to a crowd from Simon Peter's fishing boat, Jesus tells Simon to put out into the deep and lower his fishing nets for a catch.

Simon tells Jesus, "Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets" (Lk 5:4).

Simon has little reason to believe that Jesus' command would enable him to catch even a few fish. Simon is a professional fisherman, and here is Jesus, a carpenter, telling him that He knows better.

Though Simon's reason tells him that he would catch nothing, he obeys Jesus anyway. Of course, Simon ends up filling not one but two boats with so many fish that they almost sink. Amazed at the Lord's divine knowledge and in sorrow for his doubt, Peter falls to his knees and says, "Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man" (Lk 5:8).

Often, to our human reason, God's ways seem destined for failure. How could accepting the Cross lead us to happiness? How could loving our enemies produce any fruit? How could a God we cannot see provide for all our needs?

But God's ways never fail. In this fallen world, it's our reason that fails us. Thankfully, He knows the limits of our understanding. That's why He revealed the truth to us through His Son Jesus Christ. When we trust Jesus and follow His ways, we allow His limitless knowledge, along with His unfathomable love for us, to direct our lives.

Even knowing this, we will still question. Like Peter, we become attached to our own thinking and naturally resist following the Lord's will. Though Peter didn't fully believe in this Gospel, nevertheless, he obeyed, and his obedience paid off with a great blessing.

We don't have to be perfect to receive what God wants to give us. We just have to try our best. And through a little bit of trust from us, against all earthly reason, He can work the greatest miracles.

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