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Relying on a higher power

posted Feb 6, 2016, 5:09 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated Feb 6, 2016, 5:11 AM ]
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Relying on a higher power
If asked to take on a huge and complicated task, any sensible person would first ask himself: Am I up to the mark? Can I do the job? ... Peter and the early disciples knew that being a follower of Christ was not going to be easy. There will be problems, first of all, the people problems. We know how fickle, stubborn and demanding people can be. Then there are the authorities to deal with, not just the Jewish authorities who looked on Jesus as a rebel rabbi, but also the brutal Romans who were the colonial masters at that time. That explains the strange action of Jesus in telling Peter to put his boat back to sea and cast his net just after he had come back to shore after working overnight and catching nothing. Peter did, and the net was teeming with fish! He was overwhelmed! So later, when Jesus made the invitation to Peter to follow him, he knew that in following Jesus he will not be running on his own ability but on some higher power - the power of the Holy Spirit.