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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 3, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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In and by my own wisdom what have I accomplished? How many lives have I touched? How many have been transformed, brought into holiness? How have I lived my heavenly Father’s Will for me?

The Word made flesh draws everyone to Himself and anyone who hears His words will follow Him. But how do I hear His Word if I don’t first acknowledge my weaknesses? My sinfulness? Fall on my knees and ask for mercy, forgiveness. Let His wisdom and love be poured into my heart.

Jesus my Lord, I have witnessed the power of Your Word. Let me share Your Word with all and through wisdom. May I continue to be your humble servant gathering Your people unto yourself. And even if there are hardships and tears, I together with my brethren are assured of Your loving embrace. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 3:18–23

GOSPEL
Luke 5:1–11

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 3, 2014 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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We want to grow in our faith, we want our intercessions and personal prayers to be heard. We want Lord to speak to us and yet we hear nothing. Have we silenced our worldly thoughts? Have we drowned out the noise of the world? Have we quashed personal ambition, envy of status and all other forms of bickering and rivalry? Have we emptied ourselves save for the desire to know, love and serve our Lord and God?

When we have done so, slowly and surely more will be poured out unto us. We know that and can witness that all our prayers are answered. Often we witness His great power through our intercession for others. But even if or when the answer to our prayers is a No; we are grateful still, for we know in His love, mercy and infinite Wisdom it is the best answer for us.

Jesus my Lord, You came so that we might have new life in You. And while we continue pray for healing for the many afflictions that ail us. Fill in our hearts the burning desire to share the message of Your love and salvation for many. Amen

FIRST READING
1 Corinthians 3:1–9

GOSPEL
Luke 4:38–44

After Jesus left the synagogue, he entered the house of Simon. Simon’s mother–in–law was afflicted with a severe fever, and they interceded with him about her. He stood over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.

At sunset, all who had people sick with various diseases brought them to him. He laid his hands on each of them and cured them. And demons also came out from many, shouting, “You are the Son of God.” But he rebuked them and did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Christ.

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. The crowds went looking for him, and when they came to him, they tried to prevent him from leaving them. But he said to them, “To the other towns also I must proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God, because for this purpose I have been sent.” And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.