September 3, 2015 THURSDAY, 22ND Week in Ordinary Time
St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church
Col 1:9 – 14 / Lk 5:1-11
[Pope St. Gregory the Great (540 – 604) instituted liturgical reforms and organized missions. He was the first to send missionaries to England.]
Reading: Col 1:9 – 14
Because of this, from the day we received news of you, we have not ceased praying to God for you, that you may attain the full knowledge of his will through all the gifts of wisdom and spiritual understanding.
May your lifestyle be worthy of the Lord and completely pleasing to him. May you bear fruit in every good work and grow in the knowledge of God.
May you become strong in everything by a sharing of the Glory of God, so that you may have great endurance and persevere in joy.
Constantly give thanks to the Father who has empowered us to receive our share in the inheritance of the saints in his kingdom of light. He rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. In him we are redeemed and forgiven.
Gospel: Lk 5:1-11
One day, as Jesus stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, with a crowd gathered around him listening to the word of God, he caught sight of two boats left at the water's edge by the fishermen now washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to pull out a little from the shore. There he sat and continued to teach the crowd.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." Simon replied, "Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will lower the nets." This they did and caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. They signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats almost to the point of sinking.
Upon seeing this, Simon Peter fell at Jesus' knees, saying, "Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!" For he and his companions were amazed at the catch they had made and so were Simon's partners, James and John, Zebedee's sons.
Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on." So they brought their boats to land and followed him, leaving everything.
It is interesting to see how Jesus selects the first apostles. Conventional wisdom would dictate to choose the most qualified people who have the most experience, knowledge, resources and connections to establish a church. Instead Jesus selects fishermen and all sorts of ordinary folk. Maybe a couple or so have higher qualifications, but nobody would think that the men Christ chose have the potential to change the world with their natural abilities.
But Christ knew what he was doing. He knew that his choice of close followers would be able to proclaim his word to the nations, but not on their own strength. He knew that, when the time comes, they would be able to continue his work with the help of the Holy Spirit. His only condition was for them to leave everything behind and follow him.
Many times, we rely on our own wisdom and the wisdom of the world to make choices and decisions. But how often have we asked what God wants for us? Do we ask him to help us to decide on our state of life, our spouse, our job, our life?
For a faithful follower of Christ, Christ and his words should be at the center of his/her life and choices, actions and decisions need to be centered around Christ.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
BERNADETTE C. DE JESUS
IN MEMORIAM (+)
ANDRES SON KENG PO
TAN BON CHING
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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