Proclaiming The Joy of The Gospel

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MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Luke 5:1-11

While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6 And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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THE Gospel today tells us that Jesus Christ chose his disciples to work for his glory. He chose a sinful man like Simon Peter, and also chooses each of us as his ambassadors to draw others into his kingdom. Although Simon Peter said to Jesus, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord”, Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.”

Jesus Christ speaks the same message to each of us today. So let the light of Jesus Christ to shine through us. Although we are sinners, Jesus Christ wants us to work for his glory. He expects of us greater things than we can do by ourselves. In his love, we accomplish far beyond what we can do on our own.

In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn from Simon Peter. Although he was wearied from a night of fruitless toil, he nonetheless did what the Lord Jesus told him to do: At your word I will let down the nets. There we also fall down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, thanks for your vocation you grant us although we are the sinners. May we be good witness the joy of the Gospel to others now and forever. Amen.

Kredit foto: Ilustrasi (Ist)

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