Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/01

Impulse: Put Out into the Deep Water!


22nd Week of Ordinary Time

                                      Gospel: Luke 5:1-11

Put out into the deep water! (Verse 4)

Where are You sending me today, Jesus?  There are tasks already set in my day planner.  Help me so that I do not just do them in a routine manner but recognize Your sending in them.  Then there are free spaces and also many ideas on my mind, what I could do, what I should do.  But what among these is my assignment for today?  What are You sending me to do today? What should I realize in those free spaces?

Put out into the deep water!

I am aware that this is not all about work.  Play time, recreation, reading, prayer and meeting with friends can also be what You send me to do today.

Put out into the deep water!

Before Peter was sent, Jesus got into his boat.  That is something like morning prayer.  I will allow you to get into the boat that is my life.  Then You can teach from this boat.  Maybe You have preached long, as is reported in other places in the Gospel.  (Mark 4:2; 6:34).  This is important!  Before Jesus sends, He teaches us.  When a sending is not clear, then the reason is that we did not listen to Him enough.  Without spending time with Him, where He can teach us, we cannot be sent by Him.

Put out into the deep water!

 The goal of being sent is clear in this case.  Jesus gives specific instruction.  How often do we hear people say: “Jesus teaches us from Peter’s boat”?  Peter stands for the Church, he is the speaker for the Apostles.  He is the rock on which Jesus build His Church (Matthew 16:18).  We recognize within this the Office of Instruction of the Church, the Pope.  It is from there that Jesus teaches us, from there we receive the clarity in our sending, that we all need.  We can not receive clarity in our sending if we only listen inside of us.  We have to listen to the voice of Jesus and listen outside of ourselves, in the Holy Book, in the proclamations of the Church, in our spiritual guide , in the people that we, in a special way depend on to guide us on our spiritual path.  The Church carries and accompanies us in different ways, and on different levels. Only with, only through the Church can we be really sure of our sending.




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