September 5, 2019
Jesus 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.” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing. . . When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” . . Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. Lk_5:1-11
The great theologians speak of the distinction between body and soul, mind and heart. Jesus dwelt on this distinction constantly in His ministry. The body can be fed, the body can be healed, no big deal. But the soul has its own needs and we often seem to neglect, ignore or even be totally unaware of it’s presence. As St. Paul quotes, these two are often at odds against one another, even though they are both part of what makes up us.
People are left in awe with the visible, the seemingly miraculous. But did they really get the more important spiritual communications between Jesus and the demon possessed, between Jesus and those who “got it?” For they instantly knew exactly who Jesus was. And they instantly responded.
When we can get over our infatuation with the bodily, beloved, that is when we can begin to discover the Kingdom that Jesus was always speaking about. It’s not our toys, it’s not our wants, it’s not our physical desires that, in the end, will bring us to that Kingdom. It’s the inner core of our soul’s LOVE! Something too deep to touch, but too immersing to ever live without! Jesus calls us, beloved, to “put out into that deep.”
And when it’s found, we, like the apostles, will be willing to “leave EVERYTHING” to follow our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier!
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