READINGS for 2009-09-03
JuST KEEP TRyING
Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command, I will lower the nets.” – Luke 5:5
My friend had always wanted to be a priest. So straight out of high school he entered the seminary. But shortly after entering, he was asked to leave. The formators thought he wasn’t emotionally ready to take on priesthood. Brokenhearted, my friend pursued other things instead — a college education, a career and a romantic relationship. But because he felt he was once again being called to the religious life, he broke up with his girlfriend. After a few years, he applied at a different seminary. And again, he wasn’t accepted.
A lot of people would probably take that as a sign to simply give up. But my friend believed in his calling. He knew in his heart that God would do whatever was needed to be done to see that calling through. My friend was right.
On his third try, he was finally accepted into a seminary. The location of his school? Rome, Italy. Right next to the Vatican. In less than two years, my friend will complete his studies. He will come back to the Philippines as the man he was always destined to be — a priest. Because he didn’t lose hope. Because he believed. Because he heard Christ’s voice that said, “Just keep trying.” Cess Cosico
Do you feel like giving up? Hang on to Jesus.
Lord, strengthen me in all my endeavors. May it be Your voice that will I always hear.
These words of Paul take on the character of a prayer for all believers. They also indicate that following Christ is not necessarily an easy task. We have to fight for it if we want to do it successfully. Christian discipleship is a serious decision to make as it means total commitment. There is no such thing as a half-hearted or half-committed Christian; with God it is either all or nothing!
9 Brothers and sisters: From the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding 10 to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, 11 strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. 13 He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
P S A L M
Psalm 98:2-3ab. 3cd-4. 5-6
R: The Lord has made his salvation known.
2 The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R) 5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. (R)
G O S P E L
Gregory the Great knew the need to send out missionaries to the ends of the earth, and so he sent Augustine to Canterbury, as well as numerous other Benedictine monks to various parts of Europe to evangelize the local peoples. Jesus called men in order to form them in the Gospel and then sent them out as missionaries. This process continues today as we seek to reach all men and women with the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ. Let us never be ashamed to proclaim and defend our faith in Christ.
1 While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. 3 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. 4 After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. 7 They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that they were in danger of sinking. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” 9 For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, 10 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.” 11 When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
Do I allow myself to be formed with the word of God? Am I willing to be sent out as a missionary?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Job 14-17
With god All things Are Possible
If we ever doubt that God is in control or that it takes but a word from God and a whole situation can be turned upside down, then today’s Gospel is the one to turn to. Simon has been fishing all night and has caught nothing. He must have been exhausted and ready to go home and rest. I wonder what it was about the words of Jesus that made him go back into the deep water and try once more for a catch?
At the word of Jesus, Simon throws over the nets and, to his great disbelief, he gets probably the biggest catch of his life. This is the difference Jesus can make, if we let Him. If we fail to follow His word, we may never know such power and blessing. Obedience to God is always a key aspect in any saint’s holiness. It is an indispensable aspect of a life of discipleship.
Jesus is not and never has been a tyrant. This does not mean that He will never ask us to do something we do not want to do. But it does mean that we can know for sure that whatever He asks us to do will be for our benefit. Jesus will never ask us to do anything that will harm us or our opportunity to gain the reward of eternal life. It is only with the eternal life perspective that we will be willing to surrender to Jesus’ will in our lives. It is only with this perspective that we will be able to avoid the pitfalls and call of the pleasures of the world over and above the call to live and work for the Kingdom of God.
Peter knows that he is unworthy of God’s blessing, but he is willing to receive it. We are all unworthy and will never be able to earn God’s love or blessings on our own merit. The best that we can do is to be faithful to God’s will and do our best to act on it. This is the only happiness and fulfilment that will endure for life. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Do I seek the wisdom of God when I am making decisions for my life? If not, why not? Let us be committed to ensuring that all we do is within the bounds of God’s will.
Father, You want me to receive and experience Your love and mercy every day. Help me to be open to Your will and submit my life to Your guidance.
St. Gregory the Great, Priest and Doctor, pray for us.
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