After we become familiar with certain Gospel passages, it becomes easy to gloss over the details and miss profound lessons.
Consider the miraculous catch of fish:
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Why do we listen?
Considered from a worldly viewpoint, this is a strange passage. Simon Peter had no logical reason to listen to Jesus. Why should the professional fisherman listen to the Son of a carpenter about how to fish?
The advice seemed bad on multiple accounts: the professional fisherman knew that it was easier to catch fish during the night. He had already been trying to catch fish all night long, yet he had caught nothing. And here was the carpenter’s Son telling him to let down his nets during the day. The professional fisherman also knew that the fishing in that lake was better in the shallow waters. Yet the carpenter’s Son was telling him to “Launch out into the deep”. The professional fisherman knew there was more to this carpenter’s Son that what met the eye.
What was Simon Peter’s reaction to this apparent foolishness? “Master . . . at Thy word, I will let down the net.” Simon Peter simply obeyed the Master in faith.
From Master to Lord
And when he was abundantly, astonishingly rewarded for this faith, Simon Peter exchanged his mindset from that of one held against his will to one who freely submits to another’s authority. He moved from considering Jesus to be his Master to recognizing Him as Lord.
Sometimes we are called to walk forward in faith, one step at a step. Sometimes we don’t fully know why we do what we do. Yet we like the end result, and the journey appeals to us in some way. So we move forward, learning as we go.
Simon Peter certainly didn’t have a clear vision of his own journey from fisherman to head of the Apostles to martyr. Neither do we have a clear vision of how our lives will look like at the end of our Catholic Montessori journey. We do know, though, that many others before us have had success in Catholic Montessori child raising. That example was what gave me the faith to start our family’s journey.