A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

God does it

We are not perfect.

We are sinners.

We are weak.

We are not intelligent.

We fail.

But today’s readings remind us of God’s power to change our lives.

In the first reading (Colossians 1:9-14), Saint Paul sings of God’s power to make us “worthy of the Lord” and “fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.”

In the Gospel, Saint Peter is discouraged at his earthly failure, but trusts in the Lord.

Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night
and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”

That, of course, is when the miraculous catch of fish happens.

Saint Peter is then discouraged by his sinfulness.

When Simon Peter saw this,
he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord,
for I am a sinful man.”

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gives Peter the power to overcome discouragement and fear and to do greater things than he has ever done before.

Whenever we ourselves are discouraged, may we always turn to the Lord and unworthily ask for His grace, love, and power.

From the day we heard about you,
we do not cease praying for you
and asking that you may be filled
with the knowledge of God’s will
through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,
so as to be fully pleasing,
in every good work bearing fruit
and growing in the knowledge of God,
strengthened with every power,
in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience,
with joy giving thanks to the Father,
who has made you fit to share
in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.