Duc in altum ā put out into the deep! Jesusā sole misĀsion conĀsisted and still conĀsists in teachĀing people the right way to worĀship God; how to relate with one anothĀer; how to relate with the entire creĀation; how to live a betĀter and fulĀfilled life; how to manĀage authorĀity; how to build a happy and sucĀcessĀful famĀily; how to attract Godās blessĀing; what to do to avoid Godās anger; how to interĀpret and actuĀalĀize the law; how to obtain salĀvaĀtion and eternĀal life; and so many othĀer things. Jesus transĀforms every place into a classroom. He knew the crowd were really like sheep without honĀest and preĀpared shepĀherd, hence, he tries to fill the gaps in their lives with and through his excepĀtionĀal and spirĀit-filled teachĀings, often rejecĀted by those in authority.
Put out into the deep
āWhen he had finĀished speakĀing, he said to Simon, put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch. And Simon answered, MasĀter, we toiled all night and took nothĀing! But at your word I will let down the netsā (Luke 5:4ā5). Peter and his comĀpanĀions have toiled the whole night, but could not make any catch. Jesus ignored them and starĀted teachĀing. It was after the teachĀing that he ordered Peter and his comĀpanĀion to put out his net into the deep water, that is, to lower his net for a catch. If we were to be Jesus, we would have acted difĀferĀently. We would have specĀuĀlated on why Peter and his comĀpanĀions could not make any catch. But Jesus ignored him and starĀted teachĀing. What did Jesus teach the crowd, Peter and his companions?
This Sunday GosĀpel offers us the opporĀtunĀity to re-examĀine what we do, how we do it and why we do it. As the psalmĀist says, unless the Lord builds the house, labourĀers labour in vain and unless God watches the city, in vain do watchĀmen stay awake (cf. Ps 127:1). Let us learn to labour with God, in God and for God. Duc in altum means aim high, go deepĀer. It is an invitĀaĀtion to avoid superĀfiĀciĀalĀity. Peter and his comĀpanĀions toiled the whole night without catchĀing any fish. In like manĀner, many reliĀgious leadĀers espeĀcially ChrisĀtiĀan leadĀers toil every day without makĀing any impact on any soul because they rely on their mere human capaĀcity. Although they make effort, but the effort they make is perĀsonĀal and selfish effort aimed only at enrichĀing themĀselves. To catch fish, Peter must listen to Jesus and put his net into deep water and in the right dirĀecĀtion. SimĀilĀarly, to win people for God, ChrisĀtiĀan leadĀers must abanĀdon selfishĀness and greed for materĀiĀal accuĀmuĀlaĀtion and listen to Jesus. They must start thinkĀing about the people instead of thinkĀing about themselves.
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