Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Ordination of three Dominican deacons


Last Saturday Br. Colm Mannion OP, Br. Matthew Martinez OP and myself were ordained deacon by Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. The ordination ordination is for us yet another step on the road to priesthood.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch

This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 5:1-11) ends with Jesus saying to Peter “Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch”. Subsequently Peter, but also Andrew, James and John left everything and followed our Lord.

But why did these ordinary fishermen suddenly leave everything behind and follow this man Jesus? The beginning of the Gospel narrates that they are working away washing their nets and don’t even seem to be part of the crowd pressing around Jesus.

It also seems clear that at least John and James, here mentioned as the Peter’s partners, were probably well off. In Saint Mark’s account we read that they left their father in his boat with the hired men: they had some kind of a fishing business going on. We also know that there was a thriving fishing business in Capernaum. And moreover on Jesus’ instruction they had caught so many fish that both the boats began to sink because of the size of the catch. But instead of securing this treasure, they left it all behind and followed Jesus...

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