September 7. The large catch of fish.   On their eco-safari the family stopped to watch the workings of a fishing village.  Paulus had grown up by the sea. He explained that fishing for a living can be hard and dangerous work but is a necessary way of life for generations of people throughout the centuries.  Their families depend on them and trust them to know their work and understand the elements like the wind and the sea. He shared, “We used to get irritated when strangers came by and started telling the fishermen what to do.   Maybe that is how Simon felt when Jesus told them to go back out.”  Dad commented, “You’re right. We all know our own jobs.” 

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:   Jesus said to Simon, “put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  Simon answered, “Master we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.  Read Luke 5:1-11. Pope Francis.  Marine life in rivers, lakes, seas and oceans which feeds a great part of the world’s population is affected by uncontrolled fishing, leading to a drastic depletion of certain species.  LS 40     Eco-tip and prayer:  As a step in considering economic ecology consider the important value of healthy oceans and the ability of fishermen to earn their living.  Pray the Glory be to the Father…………..