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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8
Resp.: Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 7-8
2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel: Luke 5:1-11 

Jesus asked his disciples to put the boat out into deep water. This is symbolic of putting greater trust in God. Since we are not sea creatures, going further into deep water is more dangerous and uncomfortable. I remember a spiritual director once told me that. My first reaction was no I can't go out into deep water. This was a true statement. Yes, I can't but God and I can.

It is so easy to forget that God is the Author of every good thing in our lives and that we need Him to do good things through us. When I do remember that, I find great comfort and strength. 

When the Lord asks us to keep His Commandments and to live the Beatitudes, He knows that we can't do it all on our own. He wants us to acknowledge this and to specifically ask for His help. Bl. Francisco Palau, OCD says that God wills to give us what we need through prayer, that is, conversation with God. We can become whatever God has called us to be. We can become saints if we trust God.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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