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Luke 5, 1-11

by Fr. Luis A. Zazano

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 5, 1-11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

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God Chose You

1) The fishermen. The apostles were not doing anything special when Jesus came, just their usual daily chores. This is the same for us; God shows up in our everyday lives, in everything we do. It is there where He calls us and invites us to meet Him. Try to pay attention to the moments Jesus shows up in your daily life. It is in those moments where He can change your life and inspire a new beginning.
2) Move away from the shore. Jesus invites you, in your everyday life, to allow Him to speak to your heart. He wants to move you away from what is keeping you ashore to experience, with Him, the fullness of what your life can be. Untie your ‘boat’ and let yourself be guided by Him. Stop being so attached to all the things that keep you from venturing out: finance, work, family. Give God the oars.
3) Turn away from me. When you see the wonder of God and how God works in you, it is easy to see just how weak and sinful you are. Like Simon Peter, you may ask Jesus to turn away from you, but the reality is that HE CHOSE YOU! Even considering your smallness and fragility, He chose you for a mission that will help many. Knowing what God can do, even with our sinful ways, we see His greatness in our lives. With God, everything is possible, don’t stop moving forward…Heaven is our goal.
God bless you in the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

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