February 7, 2016

5th Sun., Ordinary Time

February 7, 2016:  Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • 'Angel' pin:  Seraphim were stationed above throne (1st reading); "in the sight of the angels..." (psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  My eyes have seen the Lord (1st reading)
  • 'Girl with heart' pin:  I'll thank the Lord with all my heart (psalm)
  • 'Keyboard' suspenders:  In the sight of the angels I'll sing your praise (psalm)
  • 'Phone' tie bar:  When I 'called,' you answered me (psalm)
  • 'Hand' tie pin:  Your right hand saves me (psalm)
  • Green shirt:  Ordinary Time season
  • 'Fish lures' tie:  Disciples caught many fish (gospel) [I could tell you I chose this because Jesus lured the fish; after all, none were caught all night.  No; I just picked it up by mistake instead of my same-color "fishes tie."]
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  They filled both boats to the sinking point (gospel)

For 1st reading
For the psalm
Thanks to Setting the Tone, Ed Bolduc's blog; check it out:
For next Sunday
Pope Francis Angelus
When Jesus tells Peter to put out into the deep and let down the nets, Peter replies they've been working all night without a catch, but he trusts him and lets down the nets.  They catch so much, their nets start to break.  Then Peter throws himself at Jesus:  “Go away; I'm a sinner,” aware of Jesus' lordship and his own unworthiness. But Jesus replies, “Don't be afraid; now you'll be fishing for people.”  Jesus can't leave sinners any more than a doctor can abandon the sick.
Jesus’ words are at the heart of his and our ministry.  Going fishing for people is restoring their dignity and freedom through forgiveness of sins.  The essence of Christianity is sharing God's free and regenerative love through hospitality and mercy. 
  • Is 6:1-2a, 3-8  The Lord was on his throne with seraphim above.  I said, "I'm doomed:  I'm unclean but have seen the Lord!"  Angel, touching my mouth with ember:  "Your sin is purged."  Lord:  “Whom shall I send?” / “Send me!”
  • Ps 138:1-5, 7-8  "In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord."  You heard me.  You've made your name and promise great.  You answered and save me.
  • 1 Cor 15:1-11  Remember the gospel I preached and you received.  It's saving you if you hold fast:  Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised, appeared to Cephas, then the Twelve, then more than 500, then James, then all the apostles, then to me, the least of the apostles.  God's grace to me has been effective....
  • Lk 5:1-11  Jesus saw two boats alongside the lake.  He got into Simon's, asked him to put out near the shore, taught the crowds from the boat.  Jesus/Simon:  "Put out into deep water." / "OK, but we haven't caught anything all night."  Then they caught so many fish their nets tore, and they filled their boat and their partners' to the sinking point.  Simon/Jesus:  "Depart from me; I'm a sinner." / "Don't fear; you'll be catching people."  They brought their boats to shore, left everything, and followed him.
    • Creighton:  God loves, heals, and sends us.  We have to believe we're loved sinners, Jesus thought we were worthy enough to die for, and we're sent to do God's work.  Isaiah proclaims he's a man of unclean lips, but he's healed and responds to the Lord's call.  Paul admits to being the least of apostles but says that God's grace has been effective with him.  He goes on to preach.  Jesus asks Simon Peter to let him teach from the boat, directs him to row out to deep water and lower his nets.  Peter knew it wouldn't work but did it anyway and caught two boats full of fish.  He fell to his knees, aware of his unworthiness:  "Go; I'm a sinner."  Then Jesus knows Peter is ready to be sent.  Peter’s life changes when he realizes Jesus is more than a holy man, and Jesus lets him know it's OK he's a sinner.  They left everything and followed him.  Loving Jesus, transform me so I trust your power to let me do far more than I can imagine.  Call me into deep water....
      Miraculous draught of fishes/ Raphael
    • One Bread, One Body:  "His say-so":  Doing what we don't understand, just because God said so, is walking by faith, letting the Lord raise us above our limitations.  We're doomed to be captive to our limitations unless we have the faith to obey God.  The great people in history obeyed God when they didn't understand:  Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Ananias, Joseph, Mary....
    • DailyScripture.net:  "You will catch people for God's kingdom":  Simon was weary from a night of fruitless toil but did what Jesus told him to do.  When I meet disappointment or failure, do I hear and do his word?  God works in and through each of us.  When we cooperate with him, we do more than we can on our own.  "Jesus has so incomprehensible a love for us that he wills that we have a share with him in the salvation of souls.  He wills to do nothing without us. The Creator awaits the prayer of a poor little soul to save others redeemed at the price of his Blood." (Thérèse of Lisieux)  When we respond to God's word with faith and obedience we're changed and made new in Christ.  God chooses ordinary people and ordinary circumstances to draw others into his kingdom.  We will catch people for the kingdom if we allow the light of Christ to shine through us. Do I witness to those around me the joy of the Gospel?

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