Homily for the 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Theme: The Challenge of Trusting God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday, February 10 2019
(Lk. 5:1-11) Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel the faith of Peter was tested. Having gone out to fish and catching nothing, they went home frustrated. They were washing their nets when the Lord came and immediately, Jesus told Peter to throw his net again near the shore. But Peter had doubts. After having taught the people for a while, Jesus again commanded Peter to throw his net, but this time, into the deep. Meaning, Peter had to go far this time. Peter could not keep his disappointment and doubt. He had the courage to tell Jesus, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” Yet, he thought it best to give in to Jesus’ persistence, “… but at your command I will lower the nets.”
Good for him because lo and behold, Jesus was right and Peter got the surprise of his fishing career! His net was bursting with a great catch! I am sure we have only a few of these kind of experiences. The reason is because, based on our experience and and knowledge, what the Lord at times wants us to do is impossible if not difficult. We tend to forget that the Lord is the Author of life and knows life more than anyone of us.
When my previous parish, St. Alphonsus Mary De Liguori in Magallanes, Makati, was burned, we ambitioned to build a church which cost quite a sizeable amount. Many were overwhelmed with the cost. But we decided that if we were to build a church, it will be one which was big enough, durable, and representative of our patron. I could have opted for a much cheaper and easily erectable church. But, reason and wisdom directed me to opt for the former. To make the long story short, we were able to raise the funds and more.How? We kept our faith in God. We believed that He will see through the construction of His house. We also tapped our patron, St. Alphonsus. I, personally, never doubted we will get our funds and build our church. Many parishioners also showed their belief. But there were those who doubted. Thus, when we finally completed our church, the doubters can only exclaimed, like Peter, “Posible pala.”
Trusting God is really a big challenge. The influence of our experience in life and expertise tend to be more reliable. Yet, time and again, we are proven wrong. Human capacity, no matter how modern and superb, are still limited. in other words, we cannot really rely on ourselves always. We need God. We are nothing without Him. The person who has a firm faith is never frustrated. He may not be able to obtain what he prayed for because God did not will it to be, he would surely obtain something which is, in fact, what he really needs, courtesy of God.
Peter learned something important that day. Human capacity is not independent of God’s power. God works through the gifts He had given us. If we learn how to listen to Him, miracles do happen. Let us learn that today. Let me put it this way, “God’s loving invitation to us should always be received with a deep faith.”