Posted by: livingscripture | February 7, 2010

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 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.

                                                 Luke 5: 8-9

 How should we live this Word

 Simon Peter had made a complete journey of faith toward his Lord!  All had happened as today’s Gospel recounts.  They had caught nothing that night, but Jesus’ certainty challenges the passion of Peter and he decides, “At your command I will lower the nets.” 

 This accepted challenge will catapult him and all his impetuous personality into the life of God.  Little by little, Jesus leads him to savor His Word and this Word will gradually transform the life of Peter.  In his fascination for Jesus, Peter will follow Him to the very end! 

God has a unique way of acting.  He does not coerce, but attracts.  He does not force, but fascinates.  He does not oblige, but stupefies, enchants, seduces, using the images of Jeremiah and Isaiah.  ‘You have seduced me Lord and I let myself be seduced.  You used Your power and You have prevailed.”  “I saw the Lord sitting on a high, elevated throne.  The hem of His mantle filled the Temple…the doorposts of the Temple vibrated at the sound of His voice.  There was an ardent fire in my heart, enclosed in my bones.  I tried to hold it in but I could not.  I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’  And I answered, ‘Here I am.  Send me’.”

 These are not words of one who is forced but of one who is drawn from within.  This is how God acts.  He fascinates Peter as He did Isaiah and Jeremiah and He fascinates each one of us as well!

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the day and the moment I was grasped by the Lord.  I will let my heart sing out its humble and joyful praise!

 Lord You have seduced me and I let myself be seduced.  You have overpowered me and You have prevailed.”

 The voice of St. Augustine, Theologian and Poet

 You have made us for Yourself Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in You.

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