Malvern Minute – Thursday

September Seventh, Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

“Leave me, Lord!  I am a sinful man.”

Fr. John F. Meyers, Rector Pro-Tem Malvern Retreat House (jmeyers@malvernretreat.com)

Click for Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Gospel: 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.

The Gospel of the Lord

Reflect: Experts are highly respected.  We depend on them for specialized knowledge, skill, and integrity for the health and well-being of society.  When someone is an expert, it is hard to allow another to weigh in on how we should do our job. A rabbi who tells experienced fishermen their job seems a bit rude.  Simon’s humble response is surprising.  The results of his obedience are miraculous.  Simon’s plea is one with which we might readily identify. The response of Jesus is life changing.

Questions: How well do you handle unsolicited advice or direction? What would have happened if you were in Simon’s place?  There are those who say that the age of miracles has past.  Instead, could it be that what has past is the age when obedience to God was taken seriously and personally?  Could there be miracles that God wants to accomplish in your life and through your life that are simply awaiting your obedience to God and His Church?

PrayO God, faith is risky business.  Yet, I have risked more by sin than I ever have risked in following Your way.  Grant me the grace to obey You in all and above all else that I might know the freedom only union with You can bring through Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saint Francis de Sales: Pray for us!

““The Devil doesn’t fear austerity but holy obedience.”
– St. Francis de Sales

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