Thursday, September 4, 2014

1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 5:1-11


1 Corinthians 3:18-23, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 5:1-11

1 Corinthians 3:18-23

My Beloved, thank You for speaking so powerfully to me today.  You urge me through the words of St. Paul not to desire to be wise in the ways of the world but rather to be prepared to be considered a fool for You.  The wisdom of the world is worthless in the sight of God.

The worldly wise are caught in a web made of their own deceit .  We are not to make idols of humans no matter how gifted they are because their gifts have been given to them to be used on Your behalf.  Everything belongs to You and I belong to You and You are of God.

Psalm 24:1-6

All created things sin heaven and on earth,all that is visible and invisible, all that is spiritual and material - everything belongs to the Lord God almighty.

My Beloved, only those with clean hands and a pure heart can come up to the throne of grace and into Your holy Presence because nothing unclean can approach You.

Thank You for the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation that enable me to begin again no matter how far I fall or how filthy my sins have made my soul.  Your  grace in this awesome Sacrament of Healing is always available.

Luke 5:1-11

My Beloved, as usual a crowd had gathered around You hungry for Your Word, hungry for God. You taught them and they listened.  The crowds had swelled so You had to get one of the two boats that were there.  You chose Peter's boat and requested him to pull a little away from the shore to accommodation the crowds and You continue to teach.  When You had finished, You asked Peter to go into the deep sea and lower his nets for a catch.  He replied that they had been fishing all night and had caught nothing.  His human experience told him that it would be a useless endeavor, there were no fish; but because he respected You he would do as You asked.  He was soon to find out that human experience counts for nothing , it has no bearing before the will of the divine.

The fruit of obedience was a bountiful catch so great that the nets began to tear and they needed help.  When God gives, He gives in abundance - far more than we can ever imagine or dream of.  They had to request the other boats for help to bring in the catch.  Our non Catholic brothers and sisters also labor in the Lord's vineyard and work toward establishing the Kingdom of God on earth.

Peter was amazed.  God never ceases to amaze us.  Falling on his knees aware that he was in the presence of the divine he confessed that he was a sinner.  James and John who were until this moment his commercial partners in the fishing trade were also in the boat. Seeing Simon's distress You consoled him and told him not to be afraid.

We ought not to be afraid of the divine vision for us for it is so much greater than our own.  You assured Peter that You had a great mission for him. They came to land, left the boat and all their worldly ties and followed You to collaborate with You in God's work.

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