5th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells Simon Peter to go out and cast his net into deep waters. The result was greater than Peter could have ever imagined, so much so that two boats struggled to bring in the catch.
As we’re beginning the synodal journey, it is worth noting a few things which make this synod different than others in recent memory. The Synod on Synodality expresses a deep desire within the Church to walk together as Church. It might be a bit cliché, but this reminds me of the saying “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” For as many of us as there are, there are as many paths on our faith journey. Sometimes they overlap, or intertwine, maybe they converge like Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, and perhaps other times they look closer to the lone footsteps you’re trying to step into after a heavy snowfall.
What the Synod wants us to work on is the sense of community and solidarity that must exist within humanity. We must work to recognize that we are never alone on our path, and extend that sense of welcome and solidarity to others. Pope Francis has warned of the dangers of the ‘culture of indifference’ many times in his papacy. The Synod not only reminds us that we must walk together within the Church, but that the Church itself walks together with all creation. It is an opportunity for us to challenge the hyper-individualistic norm, and the materialism which can be so prevalent in us today.
In order to being our Synodal process,we must recognize the people around us, not only on our path, but on diverging paths as well. Our first step is like the Gospel reading today – we must cast out our nets far and wide into places we’ve maybe looked before. We should be reaching out to the places where we thought the search was exhausted, finding those who have been left behind. This Synod is an opportunity for everyone to participate, contribute, and have their voices heard. Over the coming weeks, the USMC Committee for the Synod will kick off it’s synodal process with a survey, which will lead to open forums for discussion, and the publication of a documents to the CCCB later in the year.
Let us pray that the nets be cast far and wide!
- Isaiah 6.1-2a, 3-8
- Psalm 138
- 1 Corinthians 15.1-11
- Luke 5.1-11