September 7, Thursday of the 22nd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: First reading: Colossians 1:9–14; Gospel: Luke 5:1–11
Most of us are familiar with the conclusion of a discussion between a teacher and a student, particularly during a lecture, when the teacher perceives that the student is doubting his or her knowledge. Then the famous question: "So you want to teach me how to do my work most effectively?"
Almost identical to the context in which Jesus confronts Peter as described in the Gospel. Peter's response is the most anticipated. However, he adds more than a boastful teacher would in front of a student. He abandons the realm of knowledge to enter the realm of faith. And what could not be obtained through empirically based knowledge is readily obtained through faith-led obedience.
In the end, "they left everything and followed Him. Are you tired? Feeling powerless or hopeless in a situation that endures and for which you have given up everything you could do? Try the way of Jesus. He is not a skilled fisherman, a son of a Carpenter, yet He directed Peter to catch fish in just a few minutes. To try his way, we have to learn from him, and learning requires careful listening to the instructions and trust in the instructor.
Jesus has only one request for you and me, and that is to attempt his way.
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