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Thursday 22nd Week of the Year  

Today’s Mass Readings

Thursday 22nd Week of the Year  

Luke 5:1-11.  

.Our most vulnerable state with Jesus is the safest place in the world

This miraculous catch of fish reminds me
of the time that Jesus told us,
“I came that you may have life and have it abundantly.”
(John 10:10).  

This life of Jesus in us effects how we think and act –
How we live our lives every day.  

Peter may have thought that he was catching fish,
but because he listened to the Lord,
it was the Lord Jesus who found him.  

 

Peter could’ve made an excuse stating the fact
that no one fishes during the day,
but what did he have to lose?  

He didn’t catch anything at night either.  

But something more is at work than just a miraculous catch of fish.  

 

Jesus was lowering his net
into the deep waters of Peter’s heart.  

Peter was frightened because he didn’t know
that Jesus was with him in those deep waters.  

So, when he saw the miraculous catch of fish,
he said falling to his knees,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”  

 

What is dark and scary to us in those deep waters of our souls
is very embarrassing and difficult to face without Jesus.  

But he tells us like he told Peter, “Do not be afraid.”  

Let us not be afraid to let Jesus catch us when we are most vulnerable, poor in spirit.

Our most vulnerable state with Jesus is the safest place in the world.

 

We can face anything about ourselves when Jesus is with us.  

So, let us lower those nets every day
so that we may know and then be able to share with others
the abundance of Jesus mercy and love.  

It’s not an idea or something you learn in a book
but Someone you encounter in prayer
and works of charity. 

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida. After 22 years as Parochial Vicar, he was appointed Pastor by Bishop Gregory Parkes in June 20, 2017.

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