This Monday, September 5, we mark the 25th anniversary of the entrance into eternity at the conclusion of a life very well lived in service to her bridegroom. I am referring to none other than Mother Teresa of Kolkata and her bridegroom, Lord Jesus Christ.
Put out in the deep waters and lower your nets for a catch. When Jesus told Peter to do this, Peter more or less answered Jesus, saying, “been there, done that.” Peter basically told Jesus that he had tried that before, but it didn’t work. It seems to me that Peter quickly regretted his response and said something like, “well ok, I’ll give it another try.” He gave it another try, and we saw what happened. Peter was taken aback by the number of fish he caught.
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This past week I realized one of my lifetime dreams to visit the famous shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. During the visit, I was surprised to hear the former Rector of the Shrine tell me that he personally knew Father Peyton and was deeply impressed by Father Peyton’s commitment to help families pray around the world.
Our gospel today focuses on the power and authority of Jesus. He demonstrates that in the way He spoke and in the way He acted. Preaching in the synagogue in the city of Capernaum, the people were amazed at how He spoke with personal authority, unlike other teachers and prophets who came before Him.
The words of a popular song by Lucky Dube echo our celebration today, "If you stand for the truth, you will always stand alone." Speaking the truth to those in authority over us, to those who are more powerful than us, comes with a price.