Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 5, 2013

cd10ed846c0390266896417da3cad57a_w600Gospel 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: Teresa of Calcutta was born August 26, 1910 in Skopje, Macedonia. She was the daughter of an Albanian businessman who died when she was nine years old. She became a nun, a missionary, and a teacher in Calcutta, India in 1928. In 1948, she left the convent to work alone with the poor and became an Indian citizen. She founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.

In 1957, the Missionaries of Charity started their work with lepers and in disaster areas. She received the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1972, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. The Missionaries consist of over 4,500 sisters and are active in 133 countries. Mother died September 5, 1997 in Calcutta, India of natural causes.

Spiritual reading: The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved. (Mother Teresa)


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