CALL OF SIMON
Today’s three readings show us how God can make of the most unworthy people to fulfill his divine plan.
The first reading is on the call of Isaiah, the second on the call of Paul and the gospel on the call of Peter and his co-workers.
How did these people feel when they realized that they were in the presence of God? They all felt unworthy of God. Isaiah said: “Woe is me, I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among people of unclean lips.” Paul felt himself unfit to be called an apostle because he persecuted God’s people. And Peter fell down at the feet of Jesus and said:” Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
The initial feeling of personal unworthiness could be a sign that a soul has seen God. That is why humility is said to be the first and primary virtue in authentic spirituality. The feeling of personal worthiness and competence, of self-righteousness and superiority could be a sign that the person has neither seen nor known the true God.
When the soul confesses its own sinfulness before God, God reaches out and absolves the sinner and renders him competent to serve God. In the case of Peter, Jesus said: Do not be afraid, from now on you will be catching men.”
We see that the qualification for the work did not come from them but from God. It is not their personal achievement but God’s grace. That is why Paul could say: “By the grace of God, I am what I am.”
Today, the Lord still needs messengers, men and women, like Isaiah, Paul…to proclaim the good news. If we feel unworthy and incompetent for the work of God, know that IT IS ONLY THESE KIND OF PEOPLE that God can use. All that remains is for you to take the risk and say: “HERE I AM LORD, SEND ME! <