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Launching out into Deep Waters
Reflection Week of February 7
"Jesus then said to Simon, 'You have nothing to fear. Hereafter you will be a fisher of people.' " Luke 5:11
After preaching at length, Jesus turned to Peter and said, "Launch out into the deep waters and ask your men to put down their nets for a catch." This was not a welcome suggestion. The little fishing company had been up all night and caught nothing. The fisherman took to their oars, rowed out into the middle of the lake and lowered their nets. Suddenly a school of fish swam into their nets. The boat started listing to one side, and they had to call their companions in another boat for help. Both boats were filled with so many fish that they were at the point of sinking. When they finally got to shore, and what had happened fully dawned on Peter, his eyes grew bigger and bigger. He threw himself at the feet of Jesus, saying, "Leave my boat, for I am a sinful man," The feeling of awe had gripped him. Jesus said to him, "Don't be afraid, I will make you a fisher of people."
Notice that it was while plying his trade that Peter was finally converted. God generally approaches us where we are: with children who are unmanageable, with a spouse who is late for supper or with relatives who are unbearable.
Excerpt from The Mystery of Christ, by Fr. Thomas Keating, chapter 4