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In today’s reading, Luke writes about the evolving relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter. The Gospel takes place on the water, just off the coast of Capernaum.

Simon and a few others have been fishing all night with no catches. Jesus encourages Simon to drop his net down a little deeper. At first, Simon protests, believing the effort to be fruitless. Eventually, Simon listens and lowers his net. The others do the same and before they know it, their nets overflow with fish.

As Simon witnesses this occur, he says, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

Jesus replies, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

We interpret Jesus’ words to mean that Simon is no longer a fishermen. He was chosen by Jesus to spread the word of the Lord.

Jesus selected Simon to become a role model and guide people in their faith. At CMMB, we see the impact of role models on the work we do every day.

A community health worker wearing a face mask with a young girl at a tippy tap for clean water in Kenya in 2021.

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trained volunteers who change their communities from within. They are leaders, friends, relatives and neighbors, who embrace change and support others as they learn to do the same. Their roles are vital to the work that we do. They lead programs to empower women and children, provide prenatal and postnatal care, and organize community events that focus on things like nutrition and economic resources.

CHW’s are a source of hope in communities where regular access to health care, education, and economic opportunities are severely limited.

We are lucky to have CHWs reaching vulnerable women and children in all five of the countries we serve. We encourage you to visit our website to meet a few of the amazing individuals who have dedicated their lives to serving their neighbors. If you’re interested, you can do so by clicking HERE.

In grace and peace,


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*Portions of today’s reflection were adapted from and inspired by the Loyola Press Sunday Connection.