Fifth Week After Epiphany, Sunday, February 6, 2022
One day while Jesus was standing beside Lake Galilee, many people were pressing all around him to hear the word of God. Jesus saw two boats at the shore of the lake. The fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Jesus got into one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, and asked him to push off a little from the land. Then Jesus sat down and continued to teach the people from the boat.
When Jesus had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and put your nets in the water to catch some fish.”
Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night trying to catch fish, and we caught nothing. But you say to put the nets in the water, so I will.” When the fishermen did as Jesus told them, they caught so many fish that the nets began to break. They called to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full that they were almost sinking.
When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he bowed down before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord. I am a sinful man!” He and the other fishermen were amazed at the many fish they caught, as were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.
Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will fish for people.” When the men brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed Jesus.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
Even before we knew we needed you, you were calling to us and coming to our aid. You know everything about us. You know our hearts’ desires. Only when we draw near to each other in your sacred prayer space, do we begin to understand. You encourage us to remember the first time we met and how you invited us to participate in your mystery.
Thank you, LORD, for your gentle guidance. We hear your invitation to go out in the deep and let go of our will. You know us so well and give us words of comfort, “Do not be afraid.” Thank you for your blessings that overflow to others.
I remember the first time I met you, Loving Yahweh, and thank you for…
As when you first called us, we once again hear your call and purpose now. You reassure us, telling us we do not need to be afraid anymore. You promise to journey with us on this path. May we praise you on our journey together, as you continue to change our world.
With joy we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler