When Mother Teresa of Calcutta heard God’s call to establish a new religious congregation to serve the poorest of the poor, she was already a professed member of the Sisters of Loreto. She presented the proposal to her superiors, who thought it sounded bizarre. They asked her to wait, to write down the merits of her plan, and to weigh its chances of success. Mother Teresa faithfully did all these things, but as far as she was concerned, the ‘wisdom’ of her plan was simply that God had told her to do it.
On a more mundane level, the fishing advice given by Our Lord must have sounded foolish to Peter. The conditions were far from ideal, and the men were tired. But Peter, like Mother Teresa, listened—and the rest is history. His catch of fish didn’t happen because of good bait; it wasn’t the temperature of the water or the skill of the fishermen. His success depended simply on doing what Jesus said.
Each of us makes many choices during the course of the day. Each one is an opportunity to trust in God and to ask him what he thinks. Each yes we say to God opens a door for him to work in our life and the lives of the people around us.
We offer him our yes, small though it may be, and he responds with a far greater yes to us. He enables us to make a huge difference in our lives and in the lives of our community, and those to whom we minister.
May we always trust him enough to ‘lower our nets’, even when it seems foolish to do so.