February 10th, 2019

V Sunday of Ordinary Time

Year C

The Word of God transforms our life, as a sign of the power of the Resurrection working in us, and promising «from now on you will be… !»

Is 6:1-2a.3-8; Ps 137 (138); 1Cor 15:1-11; Lk 5:1-11

Both in the vocation of Isaiah and in that of Peter, it emerges that the encounter with the mystery of God transforms the life of the believer. With a burning coal one of the seraphim cleanses Isaiah’s lips; the word of Jesus transforms the life of Peter, who had thrown himself to his knees, recognizing himself as a sinner. The whole story of Luke is focused on the fruitfulness of the Word that Jesus announces. It has the ability to gather the crowds, which are crowded around Jesus. Then, from the anonymous face of this crowd, some personal faces emerge. The relationship with Jesus is personalized when his word is not only heard, but becomes a criterion of discernment, on the basis of which choices are made, actions are decided. “At your word I will let down the nets,” says Peter. Finally, this word not only illuminates discernment, but transforms life, just as it transforms empty networks into full networks. «From now on you will be …», Jesus promises to Peter. This is the promise that the Word of God makes to everyone’s life, opening us a different future for which it offers itself as the only guarantee. The resurrection of Jesus, which Paul announces to the Corinthians, now manifests his power in our lives, continuing to promise us: “from now on you will be…”!

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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