1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Psalm 24:1-6;Luke 5:1-11
22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4 )
If you’ve ever seen a motorboat on a lake, you know that it is rarely sitting still. Usually it is powering over the water at high speed or moving adeptly to give a water skier a good ride.
When you’re driving a motorboat, your goal is usually to cover a lot of space. When it comes to receiving revelation from God, however, your goal is the exact opposite. Jesus doesn’t want you to skim the surface quickly; he wants you to drop anchor. There is no rush to get to the other side of the lake. Just sit quietly, ready to receive whatever he wants to give you.
When Jesus told Peter to lower his net into the deep water, Peter had to make a decision. Would he give up and go home? Or would he go back out and wait some more? Because he followed Jesus’ words, he was able to pull in a tremendous catch. But he received an even greater blessing: he saw that Jesus was no ordinary man. He saw a holy man whose word had power. He saw a man worth following, someone who could make him fruitful spiritually and not just materially. Peter cast his net into the deep waters of God’s love, and he was rewarded far beyond his expectations.
How can you cast your net into deep water? There are times when Jesus will ask you to stay with him a little longer so that he can give you a taste of his love, his power, or his truth. He may ask you to take a second, third, or fourth look at a Scripture passage from Sunday Mass. Rather than rushing off, stop and linger. You may end up spending a whole week on one single verse! But that’s okay. Just imitate Peter, sitting quietly in his boat, waiting for a miracle.
Cast your net deeper because your Savior has a glorious catch waiting for you. Just push past the objections and do it. Knowing Jesus, hearing his voice, receiving his life—these are the blessings that await everyone who puts out into deep water!
“Thank you, Lord, for inviting me to linger in your presence. Help me to cast my net deep so that I don’t miss a single gift you have for me.”~WAU