Fishing Lessons

Fishing Lessons

Happy Easter! Easter is such a significant event that we can’t celebrate it fully in only one day. We need a “week of weeks”—seven weeks—to do it justice.

I was on retreat with some girlfriends near the Abbey of Gethsemani this past weekend. We stayed close enough to the abbey to join the monks for prayer several times. Their faithfulness to praying the Liturgy of the Hours is inspiring!

I found the homily offered by one of the monks at Sunday Mass especially meaningful. The Gospel was about the Apostles who’d returned to the Sea of Tiberias after Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Jesus had already appeared to the Apostles twice since Easter, but they were still fearful men who chose to return to what was familiar to them. (When we’re fearful, we often stick with or return to the “security” of things we know.)

They were out fishing and hadn’t caught a single fish the entire night. Jesus appeared on the shore and told them to “cast the net over the right side of the boat.” They did, and their net was soon filled with 153 large fish!

The homilist told us that before Jesus appeared, the Apostles had been fishing off the “Good Friday side” of the boat. Jesus told these career fishermen to cast the net over the other side—the “Resurrection side”—of the boat. They did, and their catch far exceeded their expectation or imaginings.

If we place our trust in our Lord—especially when we’re feeling lost or fearful—God will surprise us with a bounty of good things. Our God isn’t stingy. And he is faithful to his promises. Hold on to the promises. Hold on to hope. Let go of the fear. And cast your net over the Resurrection side!

Learn more about the Liturgy of the Hours with this new book: The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours by Daria Sockey.

photo credit: /petrabarz


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Joan McKamey works for Liguori Publications.
  • Bill

    I think the greatest fishing lesson we can learn from Christ, especially after His resurrection, is His call to Peter early on–“Follow Me, and I will make you a fisher of men.” Actually this applies equally to all people who are profoundly affected by the love of God as demonstrated by Christ dying on the Cross to save mankind from sin. When you see God’s incredible love for man in His Son, Jesus Christ, on the Cross of Calvary, you cannot help but respond by becoming a fisher of men so that men can see for themselves God’s love for them. Thus Christ’s purpose for becoming our Savior is fulfilled–men, women, and children saved for the Kingdom of God because people like Peter loved God enough to be fishers of men.