Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Colossians 1:9-14, Psalm 98:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, & Luke 5:1-11
"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch."
"Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing."
"Cast the net on the right side of the boat."
Did anyone ever tell the son of a carpenter that the two sides of a boat are not very far apart? If you cannot catch fish on one side, you won't get them on the other side either. Or can you?
When you think about it, it seems that Jesus doesn't know much about catching people either. Just take a look at some of the people He invites to do the fishing. Enough said? Yet all we have to do is look at today's Gospel Acclamation; "Come after me, says the Lord, and I will make you fishers of men."
Is it too presumptuous of me to say that Jesus enjoyed the company of fishermen? At any rate, His calls Simon Peter and those with him, after their enormous catch of fish, to all become "fishers of men." At this point, their lives will never be the same. Jesus has invited them and us to enter the deep waters of evangelization.
It is so clear that we must follow Him after He has come after all of us. It's not enough for us to be fish—we also to be the fishermen. It's not enough for us to be lost sheep found only by Him—we have to be shepherds, too.
Let us pray that we have the will to go down into the depths to share the deep wisdom of God's Spirit, which always works in all of creation.
Question of the Day: Will you join others in prayer, always remembering that we have to be willing to go down into the depths; if we want to share the Good News of Jesus to everyone we meet?
Prayer: "God has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son."