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

 Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020716.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.” or 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. 

When we try to do things on our own, our efforts are fruitless. When we listen to His directions, our efforts will multiply beyond our wildest expectations. Jesus asks us to follow Him, but He does not want blind obedience, He wants our complete trust. Do you trust Him to lead you to a better life? Do you trust Him to be unfailing in His love? The world will not give you what He will. Trust Him with your life, because He gave His for you. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the love and trust you share with me. You have made my life joyous and happy beyond all I ever expected. In Jesus’ holy name!! 

In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.

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