Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” Luke 5:5
What are you fishing on these days and wanting for a catch?
Here’s my take.
There is in each of us a soft spot that could easily be baited on, akin to a toddler easily cajoled with a chocolate bar, if possible the biggest share. Regardless of belief, social status, school experience, or biological differences, all of us are easily wheedled into the world’s wisdom to be great be it through the wares of money, intelligence, popular nods, religiosity, technology, talents, or influence. Who doesn’t want to be great while changing our small world with all the gifts that gush forth from the gate of Heaven for believers, or the gate of Reason for our atheist brothers and sisters? Consciously or unconsciously, there is a taint of desire for greatness in every private or public task; it is our basic thirst for self-transcendence. It is only a matter of degree that separates one doer from the other.
I imagine Simon to be a great fisherman and provider, believed to have owned a small fishing industry by the Lake Galilee. Fishing was his talent and he may have sat at the local Bureau of Fisheries, in contrast to Romulo Neri’s appointment to CHED. Spent and exhausted, he found himself one Galilean morning in the region of irrelevance. Sort of an imaginary President, in her quiet times at the Palace, belted with a PhD in economics from the prestigious University of the Philippines plus a crash course with Bill Clinton from Georgetown, now haunted by the same Petrine complain from the citizenry. Sort of. Sort of believers asking the religious hierarchy, armed with ecclesiastical degrees, where the moral voice is and the muscle, and not their moral abdication from the cancer of corruption. Sort of. And the Petrine parallels could curl down into the pit of our personal lives. Maybe, this country is merely fishing on the surface? Are you ready to be irrelevant at some crucial moments, to make room for that reassuring voice summoning you to go deep and lower your nets? I am living the question.