17th Week in Ordinary Time
Eusebius of Vercelli / Peter Julian Eymard
1st Reading: Jer 18:1–6
This is the word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah: “Go down to the potter’s house and there you will hear what I have to say.”
So I went to the potter’s house and found him working at the wheel. But the pot he was working on was spoiled in his hands, so he reworked it all over again into another pot that suits his desire.
Meanwhile Yahweh sent me his word, “People of Israel, can I not do with you what this potter does? As clay in the potter’s hand so are you in my hands.”
Gospel: Matthew 13:47-53
Jesus said to the crowds, “The kingdom of heaven is like a big fishing net let down into the sea, in which every kind of fish has been caught. When the net is full, it is dragged ashore. Then they sit down and gather the good fish in buckets, but throw the worthless ones away. That is how it will be at the end of time; the angels will go out to separate the wicked from the just and throw them into the blazing furnace, where they will weep and gnash their teeth.”
Jesus asked, “Have you understood all these things?” “Yes,” they answered. So he said to them, “You will see that every teacher of the Law who becomes a disciple of the Kingdom is like a householder who can produce from his store things both new and old.”
When Jesus had finished these parables, he left the place.
Peter, James, and John, the three disciples closest to Jesus were all fishermen. There must be some meaning in that. What are the strengths of a fisherman? 1) He is patient. He is able to wait… and wait and wait. 2) He has a sense of timing. It is useless to move at the wrong time, and essential to move instantly when the right time comes. 3) He has a lot of courage. The sea is dangerous and has committed many treacheries; lakes and rivers have their dangers too, however peaceful they may seem. Every disciple of Jesus, and everyone who wants to do good in the world, has something to learn from fishermen.
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