May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Pope St. Gregory

Learn more about Pope St. Gregory: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=54

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/090315.cfm

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; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking. 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, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. 

Have you ever felt the Lord asking you to do the same thing you always do, the thing that is not working? That is what he asked of Simon and you can just imagine the big sigh before he agrees. Is not that how we react? I know I do! But as Simon shows, when we do exactly what the Lord asks we are rewarded abundantly. Can we say we react as they do? Drop everything and follow Him? If you have the trust that Simon did, your faith will grow and your life will change abundantly. Be blessed by the Lord and give Him your life. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I place my trust in you. You have given me a life I could never have believed possible. I praise your holy name and give you thanks! In Jesus’ blessed name Amen! 

The Lord has made known his salvation.

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