Today’s first reading is a beautiful prayer from Colossians 1. St. Paul reminds us that “He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” In the Gospel today from Luke 5, Jesus gives Peter and the boys, professional fishermen, no less, a fishing lesson.
The men had been fishing all night. Nothing. Now Jesus tells them to “put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” And, of course, what a catch they get! Then Jesus says to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” I think it is very interesting that Jesus told Simon to “put out into deep water.”
You’ve heard the expression “We’re in too deep.” It means that there is no turning back. You’ve reached a point where it is sink or swim. If we’re in shallow water, we can just stand up and walk out. I liken this to our spiritual lives. I feel like when it comes to this whole Christianity thing, I’m in deep water. There is no turning back for me now. And that’s a good thing. I’m done wading in the shallow waters; just dipping my toes to test things out. Like they say in the poker world, “I’m all in!” How about you? Care to join me in the deep water?
Father, give us the courage today to put out into deep water. Take away our fear and timidity and help us to swim, for without you, we will surely sink. Amen.
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