Commentary on the Gospel of
READ: Isaiah recalls his first answer to God’s call: “Here I am. Send me!” St. Paul, thanks God that he too, despite his sins, was called by Christ, to be an apostle. Simon Peter, despite his own sins, receives Christ’s call, and follows.
REFLECT: Jesus can call any disciples he likes. Surely he could do better than us! But he called Simon, even though he knew he was “a sinful man.” He did not demand that Simon become a better man before he was qualified to follow. Jesus welcomed and called him just as he was. It was the same for Paul. It is the same for us. We just have to overcome our fears and accept the invitation. God’s grace can make up for whatever we are lacking.
PRAY: Lord, we know we are unworthy servants; but by your grace you can purify our hearts and use us to accomplish your will.
ACT: If Jesus found us at the water’s edge, would we rather he passed us by? If God asked, “Who shall I send?” would we answer, “Here I am. Send me?” What fears might prevent us?