on the shores

Today's Gospel story reminded me of this picture I created a while back using another Create Your Own Character tool.

"While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listeningto the word of God,he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret."

What follows is of course Simon lowering his nets in the water per the direction of this Jesus guy, all the while knowing that it is pointless.

"... we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,but at your command I will lower the nets.”

I can imagine him rolling his eyes as he goes through the motions, and then his look of surprise and wonder when he catches so many fish that he tears his net.

If we're honest, I think we all reenact this moment daily in our own lives. I know there's a certain element of this story that I experience in religious life with the whole obedience thing. There's something about being human that allows doubt to creep back in, especially when we think we know what will happen or what's best. Of course this may very well be true, but there's also a role for faith and trust I think.

Good thing Jesus is so persistent in our lives, eh? And it's good for the net repair business to boot! ;-)


Sarah said...

i'm glad you posted this. my priest's homily was so long today i actually forget what the gospel was.
take care

Anonymous said...

It teaches us to have the faith and trust in Jesus and know He always has our best interests in mind. I sometimes go to myself "Why God?" I then do a mental head slap and do what that little voice tells me because I know He will take care of me no matter what.

btw, I hope you had a safe trip home today (Monday) and you had a good time out there in CA.