5th Sunday – Year C


Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 138:1-57-8

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Luke 5:1-11

DUC IN ALTUM! by Bishop Barron

  • Gospel today is a literary & spiritual masterpiece.
  • Powerful symbolism of Jesus getting into Simon’s boat w/o being invited or any kind of preparation. Entered into his life. Thinking of someone just getting into your car. Then Jesus gives orders. Go out into the deep –> THE INVASION OF GRACE –> breaks into our lives and changes us.
  • Single most important decision you’ll ever make = will you cooperate with Jesus once He decides to enter your boat? Everything else is secondary to this.
  • Simon – “at your command I will lower the nets”… Simon had been hugging the shore. Whereas Jesus led him into the depths, from the shadows into the depths, Duc in Altum!
  • It will be more dangerous, more exciting, – these are spiritual depths – that comes from real spiritual transformation –
  • think of St. Therese of Lisieux
  • new life with Christ will be too much to handle
  • when we are at it on our own terms – we wont catch much… but when we follow Christ into the depths…we will find LIFE so abundant it will overwhelm us.
  • life of grace always draws ppl to us.
  • Blessed Pier Giorgio Frasatti – allowed Jesus to get into his boat at a very young age. Verso L’alto! = to the heights!
  • Don’t accept spiritual mediocrity – allow Jesus into the boat – and then get out into the depths, into the heights!


Scott Hahn – Into the Deep

Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.

His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each experiences the Lord’s forgiveness and is sent to preach the good news of His mercy to the world.

No one is “fit to be called an apostle,” Paul recognizes in today’s Epistle. But by “the grace of God,” even a persecutor of the Church—as Paul once was—can be lifted up for the Lord’s service.

In the Old Testament, humanity was unfit for the  divine—no man could stand in God’s presence and live (see Exodus 33:20). But in Jesus, we’re made able to speak with Him face-to-face, taste His Word on our tongue.

Today’s scene from Isaiah is recalled in every Mass. Before reading the Gospel, the priest silently asks God to cleanse his lips that he might worthily proclaim His Word.

God’s Word comes to us as it came to Peter, Paul, Isaiah, and today’s Psalmist— as a personal call to leave everything and follow Him, to surrender our weaknesses in order to be filled with His strength.

Simon put out into deep waters even though, as a professional fisherman, he knew it would be foolhardy to expect to catch anything. In humbling himself before the Lord’s command, he was exalted—his nets filled to overflowing; later, as Paul tells us, he will become the first to see the risen Lord.

Jesus has made us worthy to receive Him in the company of angels in God’s holy Temple. On our knees like Peter, with the humility of David in today’s Psalm, we thank Him with all our hearts and join in the unending hymn that Isaiah heard around God’s altar: “Holy, holy, holy….” (see also Revelation 4:8).

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