READINGS for 2021-09-02

Didache | Companion | Sabbath

DIDACHE
GOD’S UNMISTAKEABLE CALL
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” – Luke 5:4

Oftentimes, the Lord’s call comes to us when we least expect it. Mine happened at age 16 circa 1972. I was invited to a prayer meeting in Baguio.

When I heard the word prayer, I immediately resisted because I had become cynical about anything religious. But because of my friend’s insistence, I went. For the first time, I saw people praying in a personal way to the Lord—in ways I’ve never seen. I got curious so I kept going until I was invited to join a discipleship training school. I resisted at first but eventually gave in and never regretted it.

Giving in to that invitation bore good fruit. I found myself having a desire to grow deeper in my walk with the Lord.

It’s been almost 50 years since I responded to God’s call. It’s been a journey of seeing the Lord work in ways I’ve never imagined. It made me see that to live for Jesus is to have fullness of life. Jesus came so I might have life and life in its fullness. Omy Romero (omyromero@gmail.com)


reflect

In what ways are you experiencing the call of Jesus? How are you responding to Him?Ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you—and believe He will.

Father, help me heed and respond fully to Your call. Let me be sensitive to Your voice. Let me see Your action in my life. In Jesus’ name, I pray.


St. Zeno, martyr, pray for us.

COMPANION

First Reading | Colossians 1:9-14

We know the kind of life we live by its fruits. We know who God is and what He wants, so we need to respond to His call. Jesus gave us the grace to resist the powers of darkness. We have the choice to live a fruitful life for His Kingdom or stay imprisoned in the barren life of sin.

9 Brothers and sisters: from the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding; 10 to walk 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.


Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 98:2-3, 3-4, 5-6

R: The Lord has made known his salvation.

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)


Gospel | Luke 5:1-11

Peter received extraordinary insight in today’s Gospel. He realized he was unworthy to stay with someone like Jesus. Peter spoke the truth. There is another greater truth at work—the choice Jesus makes. None of us are worthy to be chosen by Jesus, yet He continues to call unworthy people like us to be His servants. Let us respond generously to His calling.

Gospel Acclamation

Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men.

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.


Reflect:
“It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” (Saint Peter)

Read the Bible in one year! Read ISAIAH 61- 63 today.

SABBATH

Something More, Something Different

Today’s Gospel passage reminds me of so many Filipinos who sweat and toil, no longer during the light of day but all through the night. They are those who work in the business process outsourcing industry, security guards, fishermen, construction workers, factory workers, nurses, doctors, and other medical practitioners.

The disciples were presumably up all night trying to catch fish—without success. It wasn’t their best night out in the lake. But as they cleaned their nets and prepared to wrap up their fruitless night of toil, Jesus came and asked them to do something more and something different. He took His perch on the boat and used it as His pulpit. He did something different from His wonder-working streak—He taught. He told the crowds about the Good News. He did something different.

But He was really focused on co-opting the leader of the band of brother fishermen—Simon. When told to “put out into the deep,” Simon, the outspoken leader, began to whine: “We have worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” But no sooner had he complained than he concurred: “But at Your command, I will lower the nets.” He did something more. He obeyed.

There are times when we would rather do, not as told, but as we want. As a young graduate fresh from college, we were sent to practical training or “tirocinium,” as we called it then. I had bright dreams about being a teacher in a big school, organizing camps and running sports leagues in the comfort of a school. But no, I was asked to do something different. I was sent to a young and small rural parish community. No well-funded campings for me then, no cozy classrooms, and no clubs to run and manage. Compared to my other companions who were sent to the equivalent of dream assignments, I was told to not only do something different, but something more. Like Peter, I complained. What did I get in return? More fish—and love—than I could handle. Fr. Chito Dimaranan, SDB


reflection question

What is that something more and something different that the Lord is asking you to do at this point in your life?

Dearest God, give me the courage to do what You want me to do, even if it means doing something more and something different. I trust You will also give me more love. Amen.

Today, I pray for: ______________________________________________


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