Posted by: livingscripture | September 3, 2009

Twenty Second Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 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.                 (Luke 5, 1-2)


 How should we live this Word

 I would like to emphasize two things in this account of Peter’s call to abandon his nets in order to become a ‘fisher of men’.  There is the surprising and untiring gathering of people around this Rabbi of Nazareth who seems like any other man and yet so different, who mysteriously radiates God’s mystery.  All are hanging on His words because they want to hear the Word of God and not just any words.

 The second underlines Jesus’ seeing the boats.  He is in a simple environment, immersed in nature.  There is no need to go elsewhere to proclaim the things of God.  He sees the boats bobbing on the waves and He asks to get into one of them.  There, on the lake, He announces the Good News of God’s faithful and infinite love for humanity.

 It is worth the trouble to ask ourselves if we know how to see with simple eyes the simple things that are around us and that make up our usual environment.  It is precisely here that God speaks to us.  He converses with us so that we may learn to appreciate what is at hand and use it to make the happy news of Jesus resound.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will take notice of all the good and beauty that is around me.

 Lord, I thank you and praise You.  I beg You to help me use all Your gifts for the good of others.

 The voice of Helen Keller

 I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.


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