The Gospel account of the two boats, with Jesus preaching from Peter's boat, and commanding him to launch out into the deep where they make a miraculous catch of fish, is full of significance for the Church. Peter's boat symbolizes the Church, his net the Gospel, and the waters of Lake Genesareth the world, out of which men are saved for the Kingdom of God. "Do not be afraid," said Jesus to Peter, "henceforth you shall catch men" (Lk.5:10).
By the "world" we mean those who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ, those who are not "men of good will," and therefore do not have the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit. The world is at enmity with God. The unbelieving world and the Church have nothing in common. There is no possibility of any kind of spiritual unity between the Church and the enemies of Jesus Christ. Now that we are separated from the world by being caught in Peter's net, we are of a new race, the head of which is Jesus Christ. The sole source of spiritual life is Jesus Christ, in Whom the world does not believe.
St. Ambrose comments on today's Gospel:
"For there are as it were two ships which were destined by God, which were to fish in this world, as in the sea, for the salvation of men, as the Lord said to His Apostles: 'Come, and I will make you to be fishers of men' (Matthew 4:19). And of these two ships one is left at the land, idle and empty; the other, laden or filled, is launched upon the deep. For the Synagogue is left idle on the beach; because of its own fault it has lost Christ together with the warnings of the prophets… The Lord Jesus therefore goes up only into the bark of the Church, of which Peter is the appointed Master, the Lord saying to him: Upon this rock I will build my Church. This ship so floats upon the deep of this world, that as it sails across this present time it keeps safe from harm all it carries within it" (Toal, The Sunday Sermons of the Great Fathers).
There is therefore no spiritual heritage that we share with the Jews. Their religion has no spiritual content since they refused to believe in the Messiah when He came. Despite the claim of the conciliar church that Abraham is the common father of Jews, Muslims and Christians, Abraham is the ancestor of the Muslims and Jews (the Semitic ones) only in the sense of natural human generation, whereas Abraham is our father in the spiritual sense, our father in faith. St. Paul explains:
"Know therefore that the men of faith are the real sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, announced to Abraham beforehand, 'In thee shall all the nations be blessed.' Therefore the men of faith shall be blessed with faithful Abraham" (Galatians 3:7-9).
The present reputed successor of St. Peter, Benedict XVI, recently met with a delegation from the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, whom he addresses, in part, as follows:
"The history of relations between our two communities has been complex and often painful, yet I am convinced that the 'spiritual patrimony' treasured by Christians and Jews is itself the source of the wisdom and inspiration capable of guiding us toward 'a future of hope' in accordance with the divine plan (cf. Jeremiah 29:11)."
Benedict called for "a continued reflection on the profound historical, moral and theological questions presented by the experience of the Shoah (Holocaust)," and said in closing:
"I give thanks to the Lord for the progress which has been made in these years, and I encourage you to persevere in your important work, laying the foundations for continued dialogue and the building of a reconciled world, a world ever more in harmony with the Creator's will. Upon all of you and upon your loved ones I cordially invoke the divine blessings of wisdom, strength and peace" (June 9, 2005, Zenit.org).
We have already pointed out that there is no such thing as a "spiritual patrimony" common to Christians and Jews. The reference to the Shoah, the so-called Holocaust, gives credence to the myth that the sufferings of the Jews during the Nazi era, certainly very real, are to be regarded as the pivotal event in human history, whereas the true Holocaust, the true pivotal event in human history, was the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, something which Benedict XVI fails to mention in his message. In fact, Christ Himself is not even mentioned. There will be no "building of a reconciled world, a world ever more in harmony with the Creator's will," if Jesus Christ, through Whom alone we can fulfill the Father's will, is ignored.
Here we have an example of the Gospel of Appeasement, the new gospel which is being preached by the conciliar church instead of the Gospel of Salvation (Ephesians 1:13). Dialogue, which is based on a false "respect" for men, whatever their opinions or their errors, and in which both parties meet on a more or less equal basis, inevitably results in compromise. The Church was sent to "teach all nations," not to dialogue with unbelievers.
Jesus Christ had less "respect" for those who refused to hear the Gospel. This is what He told His Apostles when He sent them out to preach: "Whoever does not receive you, or listen to your words - go forth outside that house or town, and shake off the dust from your feet. Amen I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that town" (Matthew 10:14,15).
Obedience to faith is required of all nations and peoples. St. Paul speaks of Jesus Christ our Lord, "through Whom we have received the grace of apostleship to bring about obedience to faith among all the nations for His name's sake…" (Romans 1:5).
We pray with the Church: "O God, You will that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth; we beseech You, send forth laborers into Your harvest, and grant them grace to speak Your word with all confidence, so that Your word may spread and be glorified, and all nations may know You, the only God and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who with You lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen."