In today's Gospel Peter falls to his knees in front of Jesus acknowledging he was a sinful man. He has come home to the security of the unconditional
love of God. In the background the followers are straining to haul in the historic catch after a day of hard work and no yield But a second try changed all that!
Yet, God's ways are not our ways. Emptied
of self they go back out defying the evidence but with an act of faith. In the brokeness the power of God shines through. What if they gave up? What if they remained hardened and contracepting to the generativity of God's plan? Rather
they went out: cold, over-tired and hungry -doubtful of this little exercise. The yield was astonishing! It tore their nets!
When were you last astonished? Are we opened these days before
Lent (Ash Wednesday this week) to be moved to the generativity of God?
In this year of mercy there are so many who need us to 'go back out' for them. Some have lost their purpose, question the way of
sacrifice and cry out. We are fortified every Sunday in the Eucharist. No one is ever forgotten, unneeded or without meaning.
If we undergo a heart 'transplant' it is for we live in Christ and
his heart, we beg is ours. This cardio-rehab may be a piece of spiritual work, but grows our capacity to love without limits.
Darkness may try to creep in, however we travel toward the light being a light
to one another. A lamp unto my feet on the pathway to Heaven, our 'true home.'
Rethink Lent by wrapping every moment into a sacrifice of love to souls in need desiring mercy in smiles, kindness, encouraging
words and friendly embrace. Let every soul know they are not unwanted, but a brother and sister in Christ. For one day an account will be rendered! Where did you feed the hungry, offer sustenance to the thirsty and visit me when I mourned?
Pray God, please, we may sing for Lord when I left it all for the little ones I did so thinking of you!
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