MY daily reflection and prayer
Thursday, September 4, 2014
“Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answered and said, Master, we toiled all night, and took nothing: but at thy word I will let down the nets” (Luke 5:4-5).
This is our Gospel for today according to St. Luke 5:1-11.
While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesareth. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,
he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Let’s contemplate the gospel proclaimed to us today. I will focus on this theme: “Duc in altum”.
Jesus Christ performs the miracle of the great catch of fish. Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon replied Him, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”
Here we have an important lesson. Although at that time, Simon was wearied from a night of fruitless toil, he nonetheless did what the Lord Jesus told him to do: At your word I will let down the nets. In Latin language it’s said “duc in altum”.
We may be like Simon. We’re so weary and feeling small. We work so hard day and night but it seems fruitless. We are disappoint and failure.
In such situation, let Jesus come to us for experiencing “duc in altum”. Like Simon, let’s hear the word of Jesus and receive His command “Duc in altum… Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Let’s reply faithfully, “…. at Your command I will lower the nets.”
What does it mean? Jesus wants us to experience greater things than we can do by ourselves. It happens when we cooperate in his works, we accomplish far beyond what we can do on our own. Something great and extraordinary we can’t imagine before will happen. Just one we need that is to trust-and-believe in Him. We must respond to Jesus word with faith and obedience.
In our daily life, especially through Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, Jesus speaks the same message to us today: Put out into deep water of your life and lower your nets for a catch His love and grace. Let’s respond to Him with faith and obedience. To some extent, Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist is a way for us to put out into deep…, “duc in altum”.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, fill our heart with love and compassion for those who are suffered and injured. May we be good witness of Your truth and salvation to our family, friends, and community, now and forever. Amen.
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