Wednesday, September 06, 2017
THURSDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
September 7, 2017 – THURSDAY, 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Col 1: 9 - 14 / Lk 5: 1 - 11
From the 1ST READING: Coil: 10 - 11
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.
GOSPEL READING: 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 the 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.
Can you recall instances when you worked so hard and at the end accomplished nothing? Peter and his fellow-fishermen must have felt that way working all night and not catching any fish.
Yet at Christ's word, Peter lowers their fishing nets, "Master, we have worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will lower the nets."
At such a great catch of fish after a night catching nothing, Peter falls at Jesus's knees, "Leave me, Lord, for I am a sinful man."
Jesus then invites Peter to a much greater fishing task, "Do not be afraid. You will catch people from now on." And with great generosity and trust, "they brought their boats to land and followed him, leaving everything." Just like that!
May we have faith and trust in God as Peter and his fellow-fishermen had in Christ. May we know our Lord more that we may love him more and serve him with greater generosity and fidelity.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
IANNE GEES ORTEGA
MICHAEL P. REYES
DESIREE & TEODORO F. DEL ROSARIO Ill
MANNY & MILETTE NARCISO
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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