Here’s a question that Jesus’ disciples must have asked themselves after Jesus’s death and resurrection: “What do we do now?” While waiting further word from the Lord, they decide to go back to what they did before they became disciples—fish. There they are, fishing all night…and like the time when they first met Jesus while fishing, they’re catching nothing.
Jesus appears as a friend on the shore and invites them to cast their nets on the other side of the boat. Now I ask you: since the sea is so great, if you are fishing from one side of the boat, what difference would it make if you tried the other side of the boat? Not much, in human understanding; but for the disciples, it was a test of their obedience to Jesus—to do what Jesus said, even though it didn’t make much sense.
For us as well: being obedient to the invitation by the Holy Spirit to try something a bit different from what you usually do, could mean that a great catch of people in the net of God’s love will take place. Is there some aspect of your life where nothing seems to be happening and you’re a bit frustrated? Ask Jesus what he wants you to do about it…and listen to the feelings way inside which will be a big clue to the success that Jesus is offering you. You won’t be clueless anymore!
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