Reflection for Thursday, September 2, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time.

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Kestermeier, Chas, S.J.
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2021-09-02
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|The setting for the gospel reading is fairly clear. Jesus is teaching the crowds, which grow enough that he asks the fishermen, whom he would seem to know somewhat personally, to let him preach from their boat. He then works a miracle which looks rather like his own large "catch" of people falling into his net, and then calls the fishermen to follow him. They do, leaving everything behind.|We read the Scripture, we study theology, we pray, we do all sorts of things to get closer to God, and sometimes we see people and things change before us in an almost miraculous way. We even find God changing our weaknesses, failures, and despair into hope and faith. These fishermen were truly seeking God and recognized him when he came even if they had much yet to learn.|But do we have the persistence and the courage to continue our search until that happens? Do we recognize it when it does? Can we continue, day in and day out, to believe that God is at work in us, with us, for us, and through us? And do we continue to seek to deepen that life in God by being willing to leave behind things that seem important to us so that we can follow Christ more easily and more completely, day in and day out, when we do see his Spirit at work right in front of us?
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University Ministry, Creighton University.
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