Casting a Bigger Net

(by Pat Oconer, International Coordinator of Work with the Poor)

We are all called to share Christ to others. We are commissioned by God to spread His word so that many can hear the good news. Jesus is a carpenter’s son, but he never limited Himself to share the Word. He went to the fishermen, tax collectors, and the teachers of the law. He gave Himself fully so that everyone would get to experience the Good News, even to the point of death.

We are challenged to lower down our nets. We are called to share Jesus in whatever situation we are in, in whatever circumstance, in whatever event. Part of lowering our nets is the challenge to deepen the faith, to live out a life that is centered on Him, manifested by the kind of life that we possess and live. That as we lower our nets, we also deepen that desire to discover more of Him, and in that discovery we get to be affirmed, and find the very meaning of who we are – to love Him with all of our hearts, mind, soul and strength, and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Casting the bigger net might entail challenges, frustrations, and uncomfortable events, but surely, it can also bring out the best in us. We end up experiencing joy and peace knowing the very reason why we need to lower down our nets which is to share Jesus to as many people as possible, and to experience Him more as we share Him to other people.

There is no other great assurance that we can have than knowing that it is Him that we are sharing to other people, that itself is a privilege and a gift!