Cycle C

Good News C11

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time


New American Bible Luke 5:1-11

Bible Gateway New International Version Luke 5:1-11


          Once in my life I caught a fish.  It was at a trout farm in Tennessee.  For a small fee they gave my first husband, our five year old daughter, and me three poles and a can of cooked corn kernels to bait our hooks. Any fish caught would be cut and cleaned and put on ice for the trip back home to North Carolina.  My husband said, “The one who catches the biggest fish wins a prize.”  I said, “Okay.”

          I had a talk with the fish in the pond.  I got one of them to agree to get on my hook. I forgot to tell him how to get on the hook.  “Just get on the hook,” I said.  Imagine my surprise when I pulled my pole out of the water and there hanging by his tail at the end of my hook was a humongous fish. 

         My daughter who was five and my husband both caught fish.  But mine was the biggest.  My husband said, “Yours doesn’t count.”

          I said, “Why, not?”

          He said, “You hooked him by the tail.”

          I told him, I didn’t tell him how to get on the hook. He got on there of his own free will.

          He agreed with me.  So I won the prize – the privilege and honor of saying, “I caught the biggest fish.”

           You are a fish swimming around in a pond at the trout farm in life. One apostle, a follower of Jesus Christ, tries to get you hooked on God.  He explains God to you by his words and actions.  He tells you how God loves you so much that he sent his only Son to die on the cross so that your sins could be forgiven.  He tells you that God wants you to be baptized with water and the Holy Spirit.  He tells you that God wants you to follow his path by getting on his hook.  He tells you that God wants you to spend everlasting life with him in heaven.

          You get to choose how to get on God’s hook.  You choose how to travel on God’s path.  God will show you how if you ask him.  He will guide you. To other people, it may not look like you are hanging on the hook the right way. However, God is the judge.  He gives prizes of eternal life according to his standards, not human standards. Remember if God is happy with you, if he likes the way you are hanging on his hook, don’t worry about what others think.  God has a prize of eternal life just for you!

          Say the “Our Father” and ask God to help you stay hooked on him and his ways so you will gain eternal life with him in heaven.  


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”




Copyright © 2004 Joan Y. Edwards