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September 02, 2021

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.

Christ Rewards the Faithful 

Peter’s act of faith in this passage is a great model for the trust that we as Christians are called to put in Jesus. He is tired and a bit disheartened after a day of fruitless labor. However, when Jesus tells him to try just one more time, he obeys, and the reward for his trust is overwhelming. How often do we forget to trust in Christ with every fiber of our being? We fall two or three times, and it seems like giving up would be so much easier. But we are called to hold strong, to double down in the face of adversity and desolation, and to put even more faith in Christ. As St. Ignatius said, we must not give in to periods of desolation in our spiritual lives. When it seems we are alone, we must push just a bit further to find our consolation in Christ.   

David Hart is a senior at Loyola University Chicago and a communications intern for the Midwest Jesuits. He is also an alumnus of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.  

 

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi


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September 02, 2021

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.

Christ Rewards the Faithful 

Peter’s act of faith in this passage is a great model for the trust that we as Christians are called to put in Jesus. He is tired and a bit disheartened after a day of fruitless labor. However, when Jesus tells him to try just one more time, he obeys, and the reward for his trust is overwhelming. How often do we forget to trust in Christ with every fiber of our being? We fall two or three times, and it seems like giving up would be so much easier. But we are called to hold strong, to double down in the face of adversity and desolation, and to put even more faith in Christ. As St. Ignatius said, we must not give in to periods of desolation in our spiritual lives. When it seems we are alone, we must push just a bit further to find our consolation in Christ.   

David Hart is a senior at Loyola University Chicago and a communications intern for the Midwest Jesuits. He is also an alumnus of Jesuit High School of New Orleans.  

 

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

—Anima Christi


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