Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Thursday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Thursday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time - Year I
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 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,
strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for
all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who
has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in
light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us
to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins.
While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of
God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there
alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing
their nets. 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. After he had finished
speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your
nets for a catch." Simon said in reply, "Master, we have worked hard
all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower
the nets." When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the
other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so
that the boats were in danger of sinking. When Simon Peter saw this,
he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, "Depart from me, Lord, for I
am a sinful man." For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made
seized him and all those with him, 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." When they
brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed
Peter knew the frustration one feels when our best efforts end in
failure. He and the other disciples had been fishing hard all night
long but caught nothing. Haven't we been there too? We work hard on a
job, yet we seem to be getting nowhere. We study hard in school, but
our test results don't show it. We try hard to mix socially, yet no
one seems to care. At such times it is easy to get discouraged and
want to quit. That is why we need to hear today's Gospel. For it is
precisely at such moments of futility that the Lord stands by to help
us. When Peter's boat was empty, it was then that Jesus stepped into
We also need to be reminded that it takes faith to find a way out of a
sense of failure and futility. It was only after Peter followed
Christ's directions to launch out into deep water and lower their nets
for a catch, that they hauled in a large number of fish. To overcome
feelings of failure and futility, then, it takes faith, faith in our
Lord's presence and faith in following his directions. We may have to
give it that one more try or launch out into deeper waters, but, if we
have faith in Jesus, then fish we didn't see before will appear.
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
... for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Charlie Castro
- Ma. Theresa Reyes-Tuliao
- Ian Reyes
- Ria Necesario
- Tom Diokno
... for the personal intentions of:
- Rosemarie Reyes
- Glenn & Julie Manzon, Jerico Ureta, Mary Ann Castro, Ma Fe Castro,
Churchill Barayoga, Buddy and Estillita Escamilla, Glenda, Joel Bisco
& family, Pat and Linda Manzon, Allan Miranda
... Safe travel: Jennette
... for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Ramona Hollmann
- Domingo Barayoga Sr., Lourdes Barayoga, Allan Escamilla, Janet
- Jimmy Ngo
- Cesar Gomez
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Angelo Dano Or
- Birthday: Carissa Marin
... for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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