Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 1, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 5:1-11

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 him.

Reflection on the gospel reading: Simon Peter had spent the night working hard to catch the fish that provided him a livelihood. Failing at a catch, he had despaired of the project. But it is in those moments of deepest doubt that God reaches into our lives and challenges us to put out into the deep and trust that God will save us. It is in those moments that God proves that God is God and in those moments that we learn where God is leading us. In just such a moment, Simon Peter came to understand that God called him to a vocation he apparently had not considered previously, to be a fisher of human beings. It is in our moments of doubt that God changes everything.

Saint of the day: St. Giles is said to have been a seventh century Athenian of noble birth. Early in life, he devoted himself to spiritual thing. His piety and learning made him so conspicuous and an object of such admiration in his own country that, st-giles-1dreading praise and longing for a hidden life, he left his home and sailed for France. At first he took up his abode in a wilderness near the mouth of the Rhone river, afterward near the river Gard, but his reputation for sanctity again caused people to come to him, and he withdrew once again to the diocese of Nimes. His sole companion there was a hind.

He spend many years in solitude conversing only with God. The fame of his miracles became so great that his reputation spread throughout France. He was highly esteemed by the French king, but he could not be prevailed upon to forsake his solitude. He admitted several disciples, however, to share it with him. He founded a monastery, and established an excellent discipline therein. In succeeding ages it embraced the Rule of St. Benedict. St. Giles died probably in the beginning of the eighth century, about the year 724. His cult spread rapidly throughout Europe in the Middle Ages: numerous churches and monasteries were dedicated to him in France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, and the British Isles; many manuscripts in prose and verse commemorated his virtues and miracles; and pilgrims from all over Europe flocked to his shrine.

road-sky-grassSpiritual reading: I can testify that I may live without air and water, but not without God. You may pluck out my eye, but that cannot kill me. You may chop off my nose, but that cannot kill me. You blast my belief in God and then I am dead. (Mahatma Gandhi)

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