Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year (C)
1 Now it happened that he was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God,
2 when he caught sight of two boats at the water's edge. The fishermen had got out of them and were washing their nets.
3 He got into one of the boats -- it was Simon's -- and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
4 When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch.'
5 Simon replied, 'Master, we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.'
6 And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear,
7 so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled both boats to sinking point.
8 When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.'
Sunday Gospel Reflection With Fr. Bill Grimm
September 6, 2013
If we embark upon the Christian life, there will be many times of calm. There will be times when our faith seems no big challenge to us or the world. But, if we "sign on" for the life of a disciple, we must know that we may be called upon at any moment to make big decisions, to take radical actions that may turn our lives upside down.
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