5th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY
The theme that comes through this week’s readings
is one of ‘being called’. The first reading is the call of the
prophet Isaiah (Is 6:1-8). Isaiah experiences a vision of the
glory of God and is humbly reminded of his own deficiencies: he
believes himself to be ‘a man of unclean lips’. As such, he is
certainly unfit to speak on behalf of God as his unclean lips
would taint whatever message he may speak. But his lips are cleansed
by God who then asks, ‘Whom shall I send?’ Demonstrating a complete
conversion of heart and mind, Isaiah immediately replies, ‘Here
I am, send me!’
This first reading provides a perfect balance to the gospel. Jesus
is being closely pressed by the crowd when he asks a nearby fisherman
to take him just off shore to preach without being overwhelmed
by the crowd. Seemingly at random, he has selected the boat of
the fisherman Peter. Having finished preaching for the day, Jesus
tells Peter to set out into deeper water and pay out his fishing
nets. Peter is certainly not keen on the idea! Out of some interest
or good nature he had agreed to allow this preacher to use his
boat for a while, but now this country bumpkin is trying to tell
him how to fish! Just to prove Jesus wrong, Peter agrees to go
through the futile exercise and is overwhelmed by the enormous
catch of fish. Like Isaiah in the first reading, Peter is suddenly
acutely aware of his own deficiencies – ‘Leave me Lord; I am a
sinful man’. Like Isaiah, he recognises that he has just seen
the glory of God revealed and he feels unworthy to be part of
the experience. But Jesus reassures him, ‘Do not be afraid,’ and
calls Peter to follow.
© Fr Greg Sunter
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READINGS THIS WEEK
Isaiah volunteers to speak for the Lord.
Ps 137:1-5. 7-8. R. v.1
1 Cor 15:1-11
Paul recounts the chronology of Christ.
An abundance of fish are caught by Simon.