Sunday, March 02, 2008
Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying: "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. (Luke 5:-9)
ST. PETER'S VIRTUES, as shown by this story: 1. Faith. He believed that he would not put out to sea in vain, if he did so at our Lord's bidding. 2. Obedience. 3. Humility. "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." Because he humbled himself, our Lord exalted him, and called him, before the others, to be a fisher of men. 4. Love of Jesus. He left all and followed Him.
[From 'A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture' by Bishop Knecht, D.D.]
(1899 Douay-Rheims Bible)