Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.Matthew 13:47-50
Building on the Parable of the Weeds, the Parable of the Net counsels perseverance in a morally mixed-up world. Imagery of judgment and separation at the “end of the age,” as depicted in Michelangelo’s Last Judgment and Dante’s Divine Comedy, inspires fear. But grace transforms fear into love. Salutary fear of losing the beloved strengthens bonds by preventing presumption. Progressively, a friendship cherished grows in charity. So let us fall into the Lord’s net of grace in childlike trust.
Divine Fisher, net us in grace,
That when caught we may see your face.