Thursday 7 February 2019

7 Feb 2019

Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time

 Jesus said to Simon (Peter) “Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4

This weekend we are in the Fifth Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time. At this time of year we are encouraged to focus on how our lives are going as we look towards Lent which will begin with Ash Wednesday on 6th March.  In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, we hear Jesus asking Simon Peter to cast out his nets again in the daytime for a catch. This would be a totally foolish thing to do, as fishermen would only ever fish at night so the fish would be caught more easily as they feed near to the surface of the water.

Peter caught nothing the previous night and is hard pressed to believe that he will catch anything.  Jesus isn’t a fisherman but Peter listens to Jesus because Peter may well have heard about Jesus and he believes that the Man standing before him is much more special than he could ever imagine.

The result of Peter trusting in Jesus, who is the Holy Son of God in human flesh, is that the catch is so huge it takes another boat to help him haul in the fish.  Peter will now be catching people for Jesus not fish and we too are called to do this every day of our lives as we live out our faith.  We are to be putting out into the deep of the lives of those around us.  We can only do this with the Lord’s help.

As we reflect on our lives and prepare over the next few weeks as we approach the holy Season of Lent, let us think about how we can grow closer to the Lord and to each other as we seek to live out the call to holiness He has placed upon us. Our Lady can also be a model for us as we embark upon this journey.   May we ask for her motherly intercession as Our Lady of Lourdes, the Patron of our Academy of Catholic Schools in Redditch and Bromsgrove as we pray;

 Father of Mercy,

we remember Mary, the Mother of Christ Your Son.

She is the Holy Virgin of Lourdes, Our Mother of Mercy

who appeared to St Bernadette and who continues to receive those

who ask for her help.

We ask You to hear the prayers of the sick and the disabled,

all who are in need of her motherly prayers,

and who choose to turn to her for help and comfort.

Through Christ Our Lord.   Amen.

Additionally, this month we also remember those who are unemployed, the sick and those who suffer with depression.  Let us pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit and who are in any kind of need – emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual.

 Loving Lord, thank you that You heal the broken-hearted and bind up all their wounds.  Amen.  

(Taken from Psalm 146)