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The Fishes in the Net

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  • Reading I:  Exodus 40:16-21,34-38
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 84
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:47-53

John Chrysostom on the Parable of the Dragnet

At this point, however, in order to avoid that men should depend solely in the preaching of the gospel and believe that faith is enough for salvation, the Lord adds another parable that is horrific. Which parable? The parable of the net. "Similarly, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which, thrown into sea, collects all kinds of fish. When it is full, the fishermen drag it to the shore and, seated, they put the good fish into baskets and throw away the bad. In what way does this differ from that of the parable of the weed? To be sure, even there, some men are saved while others are condemned. In the parable of the weeds, however, men are lost because they follow heretical doctrines and, even before this, because they don’t listed to the word of God. Those however who are symbolized by the bad fish are condemned because of their evil lives. These ones are without doubt the most miserable of all because after knowing the truth and having been taken up by this spiritual net, they did not know how to be saved in that way.

John Chrysostom, In Matthaeum XLVII, 2

Augustine on the Parable of the Dragnet

In this perverse world, in these bad days in which the Church earns her future glorification with present humility; in which she is trained by the stimulus of fear, of the torments of sorrow, of the discomfort of fatigue and the dangers of temptation; in which her only joy comes from hope, if she does enjoy just as she should, many reprobates are joined with the good. Both one and the other are collected in the same net about which the Gospel speaks, and in this world, which is like a sea, they travel together collected in the net until they reach the shore, where the bad are separated from the good, so that in the good, just as in His temple "God may be all in all" (1 Corinthians 15:28). Now therefore, we see fulfilled the passage in the psalm which says "I will proclaim and I will speak: they have been multiplied many times over (Psalm 39:6)". And it is what happens when, for the first time through his precursor, and then through his own lips (Christ) announced and said: "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven is near" (Matthew 3:2)

St. Augustine, On the City of God, XVIII, 49

Exodus 40:16-21,34-38
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16And Moses reared it up, and placed the boards and the sockets and the bars, and set up the pillars,
17And spread the roof over the tabernacle, putting over it a cover, as the Lord had commanded.
18And he put the testimony in the ark, thrusting bars underneath, and the oracle above.
19And when he had brought the ark into the tabernacle, he drew the veil before it to fulfill the commandment of the Lord.
20And he set the table in the tabernacle of the testimony at the north side without the veil,
21Setting there in order the loaves of proposition, as the Lord had commanded Moses.
34If at any time the cloud removed from the tabernacle, the children of Israel went forward by their troops:
35If it hung over, they remained in the same place.
36For the cloud of the Lord hung over the tabernacle by day, and a fire by night, in the sight of all the children of Israel throughout all their mansions.
Matthew 13:47-53
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47Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kind of fishes.
48Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth.
49So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just.
50And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
51Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes.
52He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
53And it came to pass: when Jesus had finished these parables, he passed from thence.
1 Corinthians 15:28
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28And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
Psalm 39:6
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6Behold thou hast made my days measurable: and my substance is as nothing before thee. And indeed all things are vanity: every man living.
Matthew 3:2
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2And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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