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Gayle Somers is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Phoenix and has been writing and leading parish Bible studies since 1996. …
Our Sunday readings make us wonder: Why does God pick the unworthy to do His work in the world?
Gospel (Read Lk 5:1-11)
St. Luke tells us that one day, Jesus was teaching an enormous crowd of people by “the Lake of Gennesaret,” also called the Sea of Galilee. He saw two empty boats, and He decided that it would be easier to address the people from one of them, if it were “put out a short distance from the shore.” He chose the boat that belonged to Simon, one the fishermen who were cleaning their nets. Simon and his partners, James and John, had to be impressed by the effect Jesus had on all these people, drawing them to Himself in droves. Surely they listened to what the Teacher had to say as they worked on their nets. Could Simon have imagined that when Jesus was done speaking to the crowd, He would speak to him?
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” …