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For Sunday, February 10th, 2019 
Trust & Receive

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

A few weeks ago, I caught myself stuck in the middle of a petty social media argument. There were two sides arguing in, essentially, a battle of the minds. I usually try to be an even-minded person online, and I stay out of many of these arguments or just say a few words and leave. But my humility bucket was running low, and I found myself in the comment crossfires.

I can’t be too harsh on myself. It’s all too easy in our culture today to begin to believe we are quite important and that the rules of true humility don’t apply to us. We have prominent politicians broadcasting their opinions regularly, we have celebrities becoming politicians, and we even have theologians engaging in snarky tweets, trying to intellectually impress the onlookers. It’s a fascinating time to be living! But the picture we see in the readings is a stark contrast to our current day.

The prophet Isaiah literally sees the Lord and His angels. Were Isaiah in our time, a welcomed response by most may have been a new book deal to sell his experience to the masses. However, after such a spiritually vulnerable and transforming moment, his first words are of his sinfulness and lowliness. He has no faith in his abilities and proclaims he is “doomed” because the Lord visited such a sinful man. He is clearly a living manifestation of awe and wonder before God. I often wonder how different our political and even religious landscape would look if this was the response by faithful people when new ideas came to them or good works were sought after.

St. Paul echoes the same theme. Where we are often people of many useless words on social media, St. Paul shares the heart of the gospel in just a few short simple lines, after which he asserts that he was the last to hear because he was the least. There is no pretense of pride in his words. He knows any good that comes from him is because God is working in him, not because of anything he does.

In the book “Fire & Light,” Fr. Jacques Philippe shares how we can be open to the gift of God in our daily lives. One line that is particularly striking is when he says that “the most deep and fruitful prayer is the prayer of pure receptivity.” In his gospel, Luke shares with us a living example of this when we hear of Jesus calling the Apostles to put out into the deep again. At first read, it can seem like they are reluctant or disbelieving. It kind of seems like the annoyed teen trying something just one more time to humor a persistent parent who knows better. “Ugh. Well, okay, just one more time so you’ll get off my back.”

But I think there is something deeper going on here. What we have is an example for us of pure receptivity and humility. “Master, we have worked hard all night.” We see in St. Peter’s words that they have done literally all they can on their own. If it were just up to them and their skillful hands, they would have no fish. But their hearts hear the Master and trust his word. Fr. Philippe continues in his book by saying, “We are welcoming and receptive insofar as we have trust.” They aren’t casting nets as a last-ditch effort to get Jesus off their backs. They are casting nets because in their receptivity to his voice, they also have pure trust. They are now convinced that any good that comes won’t be of their own doing, but it will be because of God’s work in them.

When the fish come in numbers too immense to fathom, the first response is again humble recognition of human weakness. St. Peter says, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” We don’t see a man parading around his fish, giving a hashtag shout-out to Jesus for helping him. We see a completely converted man convinced of his own sinfulness and weakness, who is now willing to drop everything he knows to follow Christ to the cross.

This is the call for all of us today. Are we convinced that without the Gospel and the power of Christ, we are literally nothing? Do we pridefully take credit for the good we do, whether it’s in online arguments, good homilies, or service projects? Do we see our sinfulness and nothingness when God works in us, or do we cling to pride? Do we live in a state of trust and pure receptivity?

Angie Windnagle


O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.
From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.
From the desire of being loved …
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others …
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised …
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …
That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.
—from the Litany of Humility

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February 5, 2019  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

Have you ever participated in various trust exercises, where you have to place your faith in others around you? Maybe it was falling backwards with your eyes closed while the person’s voice speaking to you seemed to drift further away. Maybe it was jumping from a height into people’s arms that didn’t seem strong enough to catch you. These activities were supposed to show you the meaning of trust and help grow that trust in you for your comrades. Sometimes it worked. Other times, some prankster would actually let you fall, and then you learned to trust no one. So much for building up our ability to trust.

Trust is important, especially in our relationship with Jesus. He calls us all the time and asks for us to trust. However, because of doubt or a desire to follow our own will, we choose to disregard his request. After objecting to Jesus’ request to lower his net into the water, Peter was humbled when he caught so much fish that the net began to tear. Peter was a fisherman by trade. Surely he knew what the catch was probably going to be that day. But Jesus asked him to follow his will. Peter wanted to follow his own. Peter realized that his trust from then on should be in the Lord.

Do you sometimes think your generosity will bear little fruit? Do you wonder if your surrender to God in stewardship living really amounts to much at all? Trust in Jesus, the one who calls you to this life. His word is truth, and he would never let you fall.

-Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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