Do Not Be Afraid

Faith Formation

From the Associate Pastor

Fr. Alberto Villafan, OFM

In this Gospel for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, we find a beautiful jewel in the example of humility and simplicity of Saint Peter. Seeing the miraculous catch of fish, Peter acknowledges that he is a sinner because he had not understood who Jesus really was. “’ Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’ For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him.” (Luke 5, 8-9).

Humility and simplicity are two indispensable gifts we need as human beings and as followers of Jesus if we are to imitate his example. It is not enough just to believe in Jesus and his word. We need deeds and actions to practice what we profess and believe. Acknowledging that we ourselves are sinners leads us to grow in humility, and acknowledge before Jesus that we are weak and fragile.

Many times we say that we have faith in God. However, when the tests come to us, we realize that we do not have as much faith as we say we do. Faith moves mountains and even makes the impossible a reality. It would be very good to ask ourselves how great our faith is in God, and not in ourselves. Once we acknowledge who we are before God, we will grow more in faith, simplicity, and humility. This journey is a renunciation of ourselves on a daily basis; to do God’s will, not our own. May it be so. Amen.

With love and respect, Father Alberto Villafán, ofm.

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