On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 3, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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When the Lord calls me to a role in His Church do I accept or do I say let me discern first as to whether it truly is You Lord Who called me? When asked to pray for someone who is ill or has passed on, do I need to ask if I even know the person? Do we offer prayers regularly for other ministries and their members? Parishioners? Other churches in our homeland? Other countries?

We often have a myopic view of what it means to one body in Christ. Unless we take a step back to see through the Lord’s eyes. To look upon the faces of His Children gathered all around hungry and thirsty for His Word.  And to engage and lead them into His Kingdom. We need to pray for and encourage one another, for our faith is never a private affair.

Lord Jesus I am not afraid for I have You with me. May I be a pleasing Fisher of men for You. Amen

First reading
Colossians 1:9-14

Ever since the day we heard about you, we have never failed to pray for you, and what we ask God is that through perfect wisdom and spiritual understanding you should reach the fullest knowledge of his will. So you will be able to lead the kind of life which the Lord expects of you, a life acceptable to him in all its aspects; showing the results in all the good actions you do and increasing your knowledge of God. You will have in you the strength, based on his own glorious power, never to give in, but to bear anything joyfully, thanking the Father who has made it possible for you to join the saints and with them to inherit the light.
  Because that is what he has done: he has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness

Gospel
Luke 5:1-11

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats – it was Simon’s – and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
  When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.’ ‘Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.’ And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
  When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, ‘Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.’ For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. But Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch.’ Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

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