Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 1, A.D. 2005
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Do not be afraid, henceforth you will be catching men." (Luke 5:10)
Today's Gospel events follow Jesus' violent eviction from His native town
when speaking in their synagogue He quoted Isaiah's prophesying the coming
of God's Messiah and asserting that He is its fulfillment. This was
upsetting enough, but they became enraged when Jesus told them that they
"the chosen," through unbelief, were excluding themselves from God's kingdom
while foreigners accepting His message were being admitted.
Following this incident, He continued on to perform healing miracles and
preach the good news of salvation to crowds hungering to hear God's word.
At the Lake of Gennesaret, to allow the crush of people to better hear His
message, He boarded Peter's fishing boat and asked him to set out a bit from
the land. Concluding His talk, He instructed Peter to proceed further out
and again cast out his fishing nets that had remained empty through his
entire previous night of hard work. In a spontaneous act of faith, Peter
obeyed and was rewarded with a catch of fish that filled two boats almost to
Astonished by this divine outpouring and seeing himself unworthy of God's
generosity, Peter fell humbly at Jesus' feet but was told not to fear; for
he was to become a fisher of men, sharing His good news to draw others to
God's kingdom. Jesus uses Peter's act of obedience to teach him and us
that faith unleashes God's power, His boundless grace
for man's good. In contrast, the faithless rejection by the Nazareans
closed and bolted the door to God's saving grace.
Blessed Savior, pour out Your Spirit upon us that we may become more
sensitive to Your loving Presence and faithfully respond to all Your
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
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