Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch…
“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” Saint Pope John Paul II
Put Out Into the Deep (Luke 5:4)
All of the faithful, men and women, lay, clergy and religious – ALL of the faithful – are members of the Body of Christ. In September 2012, Pope Emeritus Benedict reminded us that we are all “Co-Responsible” for the Church. That means we are responsible for participating in the work needed in the Church and by the Church. We all need to view ourselves as missionary disciples.
The mission of the Church is not reserved for a group of professionals, whether they be clergy or the growing “professional” lay faithful. Rather, it is the task incumbent on all of the Christian faithful.
Pope Francis continues the call to, “Put Out Into the Deep and Lower our nets for a Catch” we hear from Jesus. In Francis, we have a missionary Pope.
We are called to live our baptismal vocation, completely given over to the work of the Lord, in the heart of the Church, for the sake of the world. The New Evangelization is meant to bring about an authentic renewal of the Church so that she can then undertake a new missionary outreach to the whole world. Only a Church fully alive in the Lord and filled with His Spirit can carry out such an evangelical mission…