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St. Gregory the Great

Lk 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 signaled 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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 

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Into the Boat

Jesus is always moving into people’s space – coming up to them and speaking directly, asking what they want. In this case, he gets into Simon’s boat and tells him what to do to catch fish.  What must have gone through Simon’s mind? Who is this guy telling me, a master fisherman, how to catch fish – and in my own boat! This is just one example of Jesus’ pattern of getting into people’s space and changing their lives.

And the other part of the pattern  is familiar: we become afraid and want to move away. Simon does this because he feels unworthy…”I am a sinful man.” Perhaps Simon is afraid of Jesus’ care and generosity because he knows that, once Jesus finds out how sinful he is, Jesus will reject him. And Simon will be hurt by this, so it is easier to just push away from God’s presence.

What are some ways that I reject God before God can really get to know me for who I really am?

—Fr. Glen Chun, S.J. is the peripatetic and gracious minister of the Jesuit community at Loyola University Chicago.

 

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Prayer

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid. I go before you always.
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

—”Be Not Afraid,” © 1975, Robert J. Dufford, S.J. and New Dawn Music

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DAILY INSPIRATION

September 03, 2015

Scripture

St. Gregory the Great

Lk 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 signaled 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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation

 

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Ignatian Reflection

Into the Boat

Jesus is always moving into people’s space – coming up to them and speaking directly, asking what they want. In this case, he gets into Simon’s boat and tells him what to do to catch fish.  What must have gone through Simon’s mind? Who is this guy telling me, a master fisherman, how to catch fish – and in my own boat! This is just one example of Jesus’ pattern of getting into people’s space and changing their lives.

And the other part of the pattern  is familiar: we become afraid and want to move away. Simon does this because he feels unworthy…”I am a sinful man.” Perhaps Simon is afraid of Jesus’ care and generosity because he knows that, once Jesus finds out how sinful he is, Jesus will reject him. And Simon will be hurt by this, so it is easier to just push away from God’s presence.

What are some ways that I reject God before God can really get to know me for who I really am?

—Fr. Glen Chun, S.J. is the peripatetic and gracious minister of the Jesuit community at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.
You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.
You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.
You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid. I go before you always.
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

—”Be Not Afraid,” © 1975, Robert J. Dufford, S.J. and New Dawn Music

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PRAYER REQUESTS

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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