In a wonderful Gospel story, Jesus tells Simon Peter to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:1-11) Simon Peter is reluctant to do so for he is weary from a long night of fishing without any success. We are all familiar with such reluctance in our lives which is caused simply from either being so tired that we are just simply trying to get by, or not possessing a sincere passion for digging deeper. Sometimes it is hard just to retain the status quo. We get worn down by a perceived lack of success and get discouraged when our labors fail to bear the desired amount of fruit. Jesus changes the direction of Simon Peter’s life and vision. He redefines “fishing” and offers the invitation, “do not be afraid.” Imagine just how fulfilling our lives could be if we cast aside our fears and dig deeper into our work with a new purpose, our families with a renewed sense of love, our apostolic activities with a keen sense of our God nurtured abilities and our spiritual lives with a positive knowledge of who we are and to whom we belong!
Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and in your presence angels stand in awe. Enlarge our vision, that we may recognize your power at work in your Son and join the apostles and prophets as heralds of your saving word.
Today we begin our annual Our Catholic Appeal. This year our portion of diocesan stewardship amounts to $298,181 from Blessed Sacrament and $11,095 from Mission Santo Toribio Romo. In the past few years we have been able to “slide into” home plate by just maintaining what we have done in previous years, but this year I ask that we extend ourselves and dig a bit deeper so that we can ensure our success in this important endeavor.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!