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Gospel Reflection for February 10
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

February 10, 2019—Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  Luke 5:1-11

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Fred and Hank traveled to a remote lake and rented a boat. They went out half a mile and caught lots of fish. In the evening, Fred said, “What a great spot! How can we find it again?” “Don’t worry,” said Hank. “I’ll mark it.” He pulled out a magic marker, leaned over, and put a big X on the side of the boat. “That won’t work,” said Fred. “Why not?” Hank asked. “Because,” replied Fred, “we might not get the same boat the next time.”

The apostles had a better way to find where the fish were. Jesus showed them. Then he told them to follow him and catch men.

Most Catholics (over 99.5%) are laity, and the success of Christ’s mission in the world depends largely on them. They are the “front line” of Church life. Their role is to bring Christ into the social, political, and economic realms of human existence. Many will come to know Christ only through the laity. Without their cooperation, the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, the apostolate of ordained ministers cannot be effective.

Through Baptism and Confirmation, lay people share in the priestly, teaching, and governing ministry of Christ. They share in his priestly ministry by joining their lives — work, family relationships, prayer, apostolic endeavors, relaxation, hardships — to his, especially at Mass.

People participate in Christ’s teaching ministry by giving good example and by telling others about Jesus. Parents and grandparents, for example, teach children to know the Lord.

People exercise Christ’s governing ministry by overcoming the slavery of sin in themselves and in the world, so that God’s freedom and justice may reign.

We know where God’s “fish” are...everywhere. This is a year to go fishing for men. Let’s do it in the company of Mary. She will help us bring our catch to the waters of God’s grace!

Read last week's reflection.