Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8, Psalm 138:1:5, 7-8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, &

Luke 5:1-11

Today's Gospel begins with Jesus getting into a boat and teaching the crowds from offshore. After He finished, He told Simon Peter to position out into deep water and lower the fishing nets. However, that was the last thing Peter wanted to hear because the crew had fished all night and caught nothing. Peter was tired and frustrated, and he was ready to go home and call it a day. He obediently obeyed Jesus, rowed into deep water, and lowered the nets. To Peter's great surprise, they caught so many fish that their nets began to tear.

Most of us can identify with Peter. There are times when it seems like we are not successful in our lives. We may be making great efforts to live life well, address our family needs, be a good employer or employee, and assist our neighbors as best we can. However, at times our efforts don't seem to bear much fruit. Occasionally, it is natural to get disheartened and frustrated. However, will we be open and respond to Jesus' invitation to "keep lowering our nets," or will we say, "enough is enough, I give up?"

We kneel today at the feet of our Lord Jesus with our truth, our excuses, and our empty nets. He has gotten in our boat and thrown our reasons into the net, which we can lower into the deeper water of God's perfect love.

Question of the Day: Will you get into the boat with Jesus and row out to deep water?

Prayer: "Give praise to the Lord for his kindness, for His wonderful deeds towards men. He has filled the hungry with good things; He has satisfied the thirsty." (Psalm 107:7-8)


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