When he finished speaking to the crowds, he said to Simon, “Row out farther, into the deep water, and drop your nets for a catch.”
In some ways the Gospel can be likened to a scrapbook or a photo album. Many years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, four sacred writers called evangelists thought about the events, experiences and stories about Jesus and collected them in four books called Gospels—the Old English word for “Good News.” Today’s five stories, for example, are like five newspaper clippings that were cut out and pasted together into pages of the Gospels. Three of the stories tell about miracles that Jesus performed; the other two are like classes in school that Jesus gave.
The great thing about these stories and recollections is that they are not only remembrances of the past, but, because of Jesus being alive right now, these stories carry active graces at work in present circumstances. Need a miracle or a teaching for you and for your loved ones right now? These stories are right here for us to receive their power into our lives at this very moment. The Holy Spirit who was active in the events of Jesus’ life two thousand years ago, is just as active in our own lives now.
So what do these five stories of Jesus make you think about in your own life?
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
Dropping my nets in the deep v. 4
For more information about
this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
This is the Fourth Week in Epiphany
Winter in the north. Year C
On Fridays we read the Gospel of Luke
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…