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Lake Gennesaret was known by two other names: The Sea of Galilee and Lake Tiberias. This very important body of water was only 13 miles long and 8 miles wide, but an almost tropical climate made it a habitat for a variety of fish.

Simon Peter and the other fishermen had been out all night and had caught nothing. In an interesting parallel, Jesus had been in the same area teaching in synagogues with little success. In this passage, Jesus takes His Good News on the road and into the waves.

The crowd of listeners on the lakeshore is so large that He has to go a little offshore and send His message, magnified by water, to the ears of the large crowd.

In the meantime, the disappointed fishermen return from an unproductive night of fishing. Jesus instructs Peter to try again. Peter humbly obeys. Peter has the kind of faith in Jesus that will cause him to make every effort, no matter how weary he is, to comply with the wishes of Jesus. And the nets are filled.

In the 5th century, St. Cyril of Alexandria noted that neither Simon Peter, nor his companions, could draw the filled nets to land. They had to call on their partners to come and help them secure their catch.

Even today, just like the 5th century, when many signs are unfavorable for the Church, “Jesus fills the net, calls to conversion those who live in the surge and waves of worldly things.” Pastors and teachers, who are skilled in the doctrines of truth, do their part. The rest of us are called to do the heavy lifting. We are called to secure the catch of our day.

Father Ricardo