Saint James the Greater by Ermes Dovico

Faith and commitment

But because you say so, I will let down the nets. (Luke 5: 5)

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One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5: 1-11)

The apostles were sent by Jesus first to the people if Israel and then to all the other nations. Like the fishermen, they did not know upon their departure whether their nets would catch many fish or not. While the apostles must put in a great deal of effort, the rest will be done via the work of Faith and Grace with which God leads them. Let us strive to have the same determination as these apostles did, so much so, when we arrive home every  evening we can rest assured we have done God’s will.