Eucharistic Readings for 10 February 2019
“One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.” (Luke 5:1)
These are the words that are easy to overlook or in some way miss their importance. Yes we could go on and talk about the abundance of obeying Jesus as made manifest in the overwhelming catch of fish caught by two boats. But I think what we really need to look at is what the crowd of people realized, that the actual word of God was coming out of the mouth of Jesus who we know hopefully realize is the Word of God in human form!
So Jesus gets in a boat we think belongs to Simon Peter. So now we have the voice of God moving over the waters. We have fishermen catching more fish than needed so that they can take leave of their vocation to fulfill their calling. The same is true for us today. God blesses us abundantly and then calls us to bring in people to the presence of God, to the Voice of God. The voice of God now moves in us. We must do our jobs and answer our call. Both will be blessed by God.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to God’s people.
For pondering I am going to share my stars. I have two. My stars each have five points. This is because I draw the stars from making the capital letter “A” and continuing from there. And it comes out to five movements. So each star has five points.
The first point of the first star is “Praise God.” This is my wake-up call. When I rise in the morning normally around 04:30, I sit up on the side of the bed and say “Thank You Jesus.” To push this point further, I have one of those “Thank You Jesus” signs in my front yard. When I open the blinds in the morning I see the sign (if it’s light out) . As I live in a cul-de-sac there is no point in positioning the sign so that both-way traffic can read it. There is no two way traffic. So one side faces the house across the street and one side face me so that when I open the blinds, there it is, “Thank You Jesus.”
In addition to the sign I pray the Hymn “Lead Me, Guide Me Along the Way……” I also express my praise in the Hymn “Praise to the Lord.” My newest way of Praise to God is to send this Blog, constructed the night before. So this first point of the first star reminds me to praise God first thing in the Morning. It is a blessing to wake up. Nothing else is promised.
“Ponder anew what the Almighty can do.” (From the 3rd verse of Praise to the Lord)