FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C – 5th / 6th February, 2022

Simon recognises Jesus’ divine power in the miraculous catch of fish. He prostrates himself before Jesus and addresses him as Lord (kýrios), a title that combines the elements of power and authority. Simon and the others are filled with astonishment or fear to which Jesus responds in characteristic manner: ‘Do not be afraid!’ Jesus does not provide these fishermen a remarkable catch merely in order to cancel the frustration they experienced in an unsuccessful night of fishing. The miracle became an acted-out prophecy revealing both his own mysterious authority and the ministry to which they are being called. Jesus declares that a turning point in their lives has been reached. The commission states: From now on . . .!