Save all the Fish!
The Parable of the Dragnet in this week’s Gospel teaches us something important about the Church – that is it is made up of both good and bad alike. The net symbolizes the Church and the fish represent us, while the water represents the world in which the Church exists and with whom it must interact. But at the end of time, as we say in the Creed each week, there will be a Judgement when Our Lord “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead”. But in the meantime both the good and the bad are inside the net of the Church. As was evident in last week’s Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, the fact that God allows both good and evil to co-exist for a time is to give everyone the opportunity for conversion.
The Parable of the Dragnet also reminds us to make sure we’re not just going through the motions of being Catholic. We have to really try and follow Christ every day of our lives. It also reminds us that there are people around us who need our help. The fact that family and friends appear to have a good relationship with God doesn’t mean they don’t need our prayers, because if we’re only judging by appearances, in the parable all the fish in the net seemed to be safe. It’s possible some of the fish near us could be going through a tough time right now. They could be in a spiritual battle or suffering a temptation of which we are unaware. So let us never forget to pray for each other, thus helping each other to stay faithful to Christ. Our Lord wants to bring everyone to eternal life with Him. May we all play our role in helping bring that to fruition.
Fr Paul Gillham