5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Here I am, Lord, send me ...
Keep your family safe, O Lord, with unfailing care,
that, relying solely on the hope of heavenly grace,
they may be defended always by your protection.
This week’s readings are full of reassurance and inspiration. However aware we are of our own human limitations, God never stops believing in us, and he needs us to be his messengers. We only need to find the courage to respond to his invitation.
The First Reading describes Isaiah’s mystical vision before the divine court in the Temple. Before God’s glory and holiness, Isaiah feels lost and unworthy. But once his lips have been cleansed, he hears God’s call for a messenger and offers himself as the one to be sent out.
The Psalmist also imagines himself adoring with the angels in the Temple, as he glories in the God who hears us, loves us, and stretches out his hand to save us.
St Paul sees himself as the least of the apostles, but he has complete faith in the risen Lord and in the gift of God’s grace working within him. (Second Reading)
Peter agrees rather unwillingly to ‘put out into deep water’ (Gospel), and is then overwhelmed as he witnesses God’s power at work in the miraculous catch of fish. But Jesus tells him to set aside his fears and sense of unworthiness, for even greater work now awaits him. The other disciples, too, leave everything to follow Jesus.
This week, we pray that God will help us to listen to his call as courageously as did Isaiah and Peter, and then be generous in offering ourselves fully for whatever work he needs us to do.