Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 10, 2019
The satiric duo in the TV comedy routine called “Wayne’s World,” had a signature line: “We’re not worthy!” That was their response to the presence of rock stars they were interviewing. The routine still brings laughs. Hello, I’m Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
A more serious confession of unworthiness appears in our Scriptures today. First, Isaiah has a vision of God seated on the heavenly throne. The scene is so overwhelming that Isaiah not only proclaims his unworthiness, but is afraid he’ll be struck dead! God has a job for him: Isaiah will speak on God’s behalf to the people.
In the Gospel, Peter professes his sinfulness after Jesus helps him and his colleagues bring in a miraculous catch of fish. Peter knows he’s in the presence of divine power. He knows he’s not worthy! But Jesus also has a job in mind: fishing for people. The implications might not have been clear to these apostles-to-be, but their response is immediate and bold. They leave everything to follow Jesus.
We probably wouldn’t put ourselves in the shoes–or sandals–of either Isaiah or Peter. But that doesn’t mean we’re not called by God! The fact of our baptism means that we have a vocation–a call–that’s just as certain as our Biblical heroes today. If so, what do we need to leave behind as we respond to that call?