We as Catholics know for a fact that Our Blessed Lord, Jesus Christ, has established a visible Church upon Simon Peter; meaning Rock, in order to save souls. (Matt 16:18) Today’s Gospel in the Old Rite states the following:
“And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And going into one of the ships that was Simon’s, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting he taught the multitudes out of the ship. Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have labored all the night, and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes, and their net broke. And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking. Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. And so were also James and John the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And having brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him”. (Luke 5:1-11)
Caution: Jimmy Papist moment ahead!
Jimmy: “Okay so you read today’s gospel and bolded a couple of sentences, what’s your point?”
Good question. When we truly examine today’s Gospel we can see that the Church was not any different from how it was in biblical times to how it is today. Why you may ask? The boat of Peter – in which Christ requested to be separated from the land in order to preach to the multitude – in my opinion prefigures the Church that separates itself from the ways of the world in order to preach the gospel to all nations by the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
Since Peter, whom was upon the boat, was instructed to cast the net into the water by the request of our Lord in order to catch fish, later doubting that he would catch any since he fished all night, why should we as the Church militant be surprised that the modernist hiearchy upholds the position in which states that in order to bring people into the Church we must be “pastoral”, thus the watering down of the faith by substituting Catholic truth with modernist innovation?
In addition, we see that when Peter humbly united his will to the Will of God he had caught a massive amount of fish. Since the fish symbolize converts to the Church, we can also conclude that it is because of the truth that souls will truly be converted to the one true faith as long as they cooperate with God’s Grace.
Even though the Church may seem as if she is crumbling, we must meditate upon Mark 4:37-40:
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow; and they awake him, and say to him: Master, doth it not concern thee that we perish? And rising up, he rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: Peace, be still. And the wind ceased: and there was made a great calm. And he said to them: Why are you fearful? have you not faith yet? And they feared exceedingly: and they said one to another: Who is this (thinkest thou) that both wind and sea obey him?”
In the end, my dear brothers and sisters, Christ is with us and will never abandon us. Let us not be afraid of the great crises the Church is in, for Christ is her head and He alone will calm the storm.