Thursday, September 4, 2014

At Your Command

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. 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.” Lk 5

“But at your command…” So much seems frustrating; too often hitting the wall of my stubbornness and selfishness. “But at your command,” with you beside me, in my boat, I can move forward. At your command I will continue out into the deep, and lower my nets, trusting your vision of abundance hidden below. You only want my least effort, my docility to your will.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God;
Let your good Spirit lead me in ways that are level and smooth. Ps 143

Reflection on this morning's Gospel.