There was a five year old girl who needed to wear metal braces on her legs. She hobbled around on them while the other kids ran and skipped rope. When she reached eleven, the girl asked her little sister to stand watch at the door while she practiced walking without braces. She didn't want her parents to catch her.
After taking these secret walks for a whole year, she began to feel guilty and told her doctor. He was amazed. He agreed to let her continue, but only for short periods of time. She added prayer to the periods of time she walked without the braces. The girl eventually threw away the braces for good.
This girl began not only to walk without braces but even to run. At the age of sixteen, she qualified for the Olympics in Melbourne, Australia and went on to win a bronze medal in the women's 400-meter relay. Four years later in the 1960 Olympics at Rome, she became the first woman in history to win three gold medals in track and field. That girl's name is Wilma Rudolph.
Rudolph is a living example of perseverance. She is an example of how no obstacle is a match for perseverance and prayer. Put those things together and, if it be God's Will, the result can exceed our wildest dream.
In today's gospel, the disciples were fishing all night but weren't catching anything. They never gave up. They persevered and invited Jesus to get involved. Then they caught numerous amounts of fish.
Today's gospel invites us to persevere in our efforts in life and to involve Jesus. When the disciples did this, they not only succeeded, they succeeded their wildest dream. The same happened for Wilma Rudolph. The same can happen for us when we persevere and include Jesus.
Sincerely in Christ,