“I didn’t have to find Jesus. Jesus found me and chose me.” –St. Teresa of Calcutta
We saw today how Jesus came to find Peter and the other fisherman. How he came to find them, how he went looking for them, confirms once again that Jesus seeks us out, calls out to us. He called out to Peter, telling him to look elsewhere and he would find fish. Peter’s initial response was “been there, done that.”
Peter had doubted Jesus’ ability to do what he did. But noticed how Jesus responded, “Do not be afraid.” The last thing Jesus wanted was to become distant from Peter. Instead he wanted to draw closer to him and that’s why he said to Peter ‘don’t be afraid of me.’ Jesus wants to draw closer to us and is telling us not to let fear keep us apart.
In our prayer today who might we be called to catch in the net of God’s compassion and love?
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!