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  Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

June 21, 2015

Working for Nothing

Just a few words on today’s Gospel, where the lesson this week is not to give up when the going gets tough.

You can imagine the frustration of the Apostles as they toiled through the night trying to make a living. They were fishing, but hadn’t caught a single fish. They were exhausted, frustrated, and discouraged. And it seemed that the only thing to look forward to was the arrival of the sun, so they could stop trying and just quit and go home.

And how do we feel this morning? Have we not been striving now for years to keep our Catholic faith alive in the wake of the disastrous Second Vatican Council? Have we not been banging our head against one brick wall after another, struggling to convince our fellow Catholics of what is most important—the true Mass of course, valid Sacraments of course, the Faith of course. But of more than that, the essential element which is so often lacking, that our motivation for keeping the faith and the traditional sacraments, the reason why hold them in such importance, is because of God’s glory, not our own. It’s because of the salvation of souls, not because of our own advancement. In the traditional world today we see so many different groups, each, it seems with some idiosyncrasy of their own that often appears to have nothing to do with God’s glory and the salvation of souls. So many times we see traditional Catholics try to elevate their opinions into dogmas. And if you don’t follow their invented dogmas, guess what! You’ll be denied Holy Communion as though you were a public sinner. It is a sad state of affairs to come to the conclusion that there is no pope in Rome. But it’s an even sadder thing when we realize that there is a pope (or someone who thinks he is) in every traditional chapel. Sometimes more than one!

So again: how do we feel this morning? Let’s be honest… aren’t we ready, like Simon Peter and those other fishermen today, to throw in the towel? To give up on what seems like a waste of time, to wash our nets, and go home exhausted?

What should we do in a case like this? Of course, like always, our good Lord shows us the way. He has not failed to understand that we are exhausted and discouraged. That we have been working for so long, “toiling the whole night, and have caught nothing.” And today he tell us, through the holy Gospel, what we must do. He does not tell us to go home and rest. If we’re tempted to sit back and give up, I’m afraid today’s Gospel must come as a bit of a shock. Like Peter and his fishing buddies, we’re not done yet. We haven’t completed our task. Our Lord’s words to us today are simply this: “Launch out into the deep.” And like St. Peter we may gasp with disbelief that after all our wasted efforts in the past, God is asking us again to “go fishing”. Like him we may complain that we have toiled the whole night and have caught nothing. But if we’re going to follow St. Peter, let’s follow this our patron saint in all his words. Including his answer to Our Lord: “Nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.”

Here then are our instructions today from Our Lord. We are reminded today that we too must be fishers of men. That we must never grow weary in this life of following Christ’s commandments, namely to love God with all our heart and soul and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourself. Loving our neighbor does not involve merely being polite to him and tolerating his error. No, we must bring them into the net. We must hoist them up in this net on to the barque of Peter, the one true fold, the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation. If we have been fishing before we must fish again. And we must fish harder. We must learn from any past mistakes and realize who exactly are our neighbors and what is this net with which we must catch them.

To know who our neighbor is I refer you to the parable of the Good Samaritan. Our Lord explained in that parable that our neighbors are not the priests and levites who walk past the man who had been attacked by robbers and left for dead. Our neighbors are not those traditional Catholics who are so obsessed with the length of a girl’s skirt that they ignore the girl’s soul. Our neighbors are rather people like the Samaritan, the non-Jew. Non-Catholics perhaps. Or people who aren’t “traditional Catholic”. Novus Ordo Catholics, or Protestants, or Muslims. Our neighbor, in short, is any man or woman or child. Any person who has a soul. Because that soul can be saved. And we must find those who are of good will and bring them in our net to the loving arms of their Saviour. A Saviour whom they perhaps do not know. Against whom they have sinned. Whose truths they do not believe. Whom they do not love. But if we do as Christ asks today and launch out into the deep, these drowning souls will have someone to bring them home.

And our net? What is this net with which we may draw them to the truth? It is not the sword. It is not even the pen, which is mightier than the sword. It is simply our love for them. A person of good will is going to be drawn by love. The person of good will cannot, will not, fight against one who seeks only to do him good. If we use this net, and no other, the net of charity for our fellow man, we will surely bring in many fish, a multitude so great that our nets will break.

Today we are all apostles. Not popes, mind you, but apostles. We have to be apostles, because those who are supposed to be our apostles have abandoned us. There is no time left to say “This is the job of the pope, or the bishop, or the priest. Let them cast down the nets.” Today we all have to work together on this catch. We mustn’t leave it to other people. We mustn’t give up. It may be getting darker, but it’s always darkest just before the dawn. So let’s remember the message we have all been given today. We have seen what happens when we ignore the mission we have been given. So, tired and discouraged as we may be, let’s launch out again today into the deep. Let’s go fishing!


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