Good morning good people. It is 7th September 2017. The readings are from Colossians 1:9-14; and the Gospel from Luke 5:1-11. In our lives, we need to give up something crucial for our existence in order to keep up in our lives. Disappointments and despair are bound to come on our way when we have worked tirelessly, and eventually we could easily give in to our vulnerabilities. It is Jesus of Nazareth, our Lord who encourages to keep focused and go deeper into what we are already tired of doing it. In the first reading St. Paul encourages the community in Colossae telling them, “You will have in you the strength, based on his own glorious power, never to give in, but to bear anything joyfully….to inherit the light.” (Col.1:11,12). Just like those believers, we need to seek Christ as the Wisdom of God (Wis.7:22). Yes indeed, we need to give up the pleasures and businesses of the world to experience the nourishment of our souls. The responsorial Psalm praises, “The Lord has made known his salvation.” (Ps.98:2). In the Gospel, Jesus invites Peter to participate in His ministry of bringing people closer to God to be the intimate companions for Him. When the town of Simon have failed to accept Jesus, Simon and his companions accepted Him so willingly. Jesus allowed them to experience something so marvelous in their eyes, and they would transform internally. A miraculous catch of fish on Jesus’ instruction and their failure in their personal effort made Peter to recognize the divinity of Christ and his personal weakness before the Son of God. How many of us would do what St. Peter and his companions did? “Do not be afraid; from now on it is people you will catch. Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.” (Luke 5:10,11). Jesus wants some of us to be in full-time ministry looking for people alive and bring them to Him. There is nothing wrong to be successful in worldly businesses per se. But to be fruitful spiritually, one needs to shift and focus on the work of the Lord. We need a complete detachment from material possessions in order to follow the Lord and to lead others to the Lord. Moreover, when we recognize Jesus as our Lord, and Saviour, we notice our unworthiness and our brokenness. Only when we recognize our inability and sinfulness, we will be a powerful means for reaching out to those who are fallen prey to sins in their lives. May God help us to bring someone for Christ. May you have a good day.

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