Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch” Lk 5:4

Isaiah describes how God called him to be a prophet. In a vision, Isaiah has “seen” the Lord on a magnificent throne in the Temple. Glowing angels called seraphim hover above the throne, and the Temple shakes with their praise. Isaiah is overcome with the reality of his own sinfulness and God’s holiness. He protests that he cannot be a prophet because of his “unclean lips.” But an angel purifies his lips with a glowing coal from the altar. This is a sign that Isaiah is now completely worthy to speak for God. Cleansed of his sin, Isaiah answers the Lord’s call by saying, “Here I am, send me!” / Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8 

Often when we want to convince others of an important truth, we point to the testimony of the experts who believe that same truth. Paul wants to be sure that the Christians of Corinth believe in the resurrection of Jesus. If they fail to grasp that central truth, their faith will be without meaning. So Paul lines up all the important “experts,” or witnesses, from Peter (Cephas) on down to himself. Paul is probably the most convincing witness of all, because Christ himself converted Paul from being a persecutor of Christians to a zealous apostle. / 1 Cor. 15:1-11 or 15:3-8 

The disciples were fishing and caught nothing. But then, Jesus comes and asks them to lower the net for a catch one more time. Even though Simon is convinced that there are no fish available, he tells Jesus, “At your command, I will lower the nets.” His trust is rewarded not only by a huge catch of fish, but by Jesus’ call to become a disciple. Peter, James, and John, overwhelmed by the presence of Jesus, drop everything and follow Him. / Luke 5:1-11 

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Reflection Question

Who inspires you to “leave everything” and follow Jesus? 

How the Archdioceses of Los Angeles promotes protections of children… 

Each of our 287 parishes and schools has a safeguard the Children Committee and all adults who work with or around children are require undergoing VIRTUS abuse prevention training and must submit to background checks and screening. All year round throughout the Archdiocese. In fact, literally tens of thousands of our adult Catholics have been certified during the past ten years. 

Services for Deacon Jesus Villegas 

The Lord has called one of his dear servants home, Deacon Jesus Villegas.If you would like to give your last farewell to him, services will be at Guardian Angel Church at 10919 Norris Ave, Pacoima, CA 91331. 

Rosary: Friday, February 22 at 6:00 PM

Mass: Saturday, February 23 at 10:00 AM 

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