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God Uses Sinners For His Work

“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

“Do not be afraid from now on you will be catching men.”

Luke 5:1-11

5th Sunday Ordinary Time Cycle C

There was a druglord who got rich selling drugs to his young neighbors. His neighbors questioned God: “When will justice overtake him?”

Soon enough he had a hear attack that left him half-paralized. They were happy. But then the man repented and started as extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. His neighbors again asked: “Why is he still alive? Serving the church at that?”

We also might have asked God the same question” “Why is the sinner serving the Lord?”

The answer is simple: It is God’s will that He uses sinners. After all it is His work and not the work of these sinners.

Isaiah says in the First Reading: “I am a man of unclean lips.” And yet he saw God with his eyes.

Paul says in his letter to Corinth: “I am the least of the apostles.” And yet Jesus appeared to him.

In the gospel Peter says: “Depart from me for I am a sinner.” And yet Jesus replied: “From now on you will be fishing men.”

This has always been God’s manner to choose people whom the world considers the least to make it evident that the wonderful things that happen is not the result of any human effort but solely God’s providence.

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