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"Let Him into Your Boat!"

February 9, 2016

Luke 5

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break... 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

I was inspired to do a little writing today - a quick read I promise!

-Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and marks the begging of lent. It's that time of year that starts to feel kind of like the last trudge through winter… 40 days of cold days & dark nights, but with a hope and excitement for what awaits us on the other side… The promise of Easter! Christ is risen, our sins are forgiven, the sun is shining, bird chirping, girls in white dresses, yada yada yada.

But, instead of feeling like I have to trudge through this year, I want to make my Lent a time for real transformation… Like a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, it has just undergone an intense transformation. So should we emerge like Christ, on Easter. Refreshed, renewed, and full of LIFE! Thankful most of all for what our Lord has done for us, but also SHARING in that spirit, and focussing on what we can in turn do for those around us.

I think, Lent is more than a just time to focus on what we are cutting out (chocolate, meat, yea yea yea) but more a time to ADD GOOD IN.

We are called not just as Christians, but as a Human Race, to take care of each other, love each other, and forgive each other. As Christians we are called, specifically during lent, to focus not just on those things but also on the Works of Mercy. A time to focus on things like feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, comforting the distressed, and more… (Find more on the Works of Mercy here: http://www.loyolapress.com/corporal-and-spiritual-works-of-…)

I find it to be a comforting coincidence that all of these things happen to fall in this dark & cold time of year, when in fact the homeless, sick, disheartened etc. are most in need... We have all heard the saying,”the Lord works in mysterious ways…” But sometimes, I think, in very obvious ways too. Sometimes, in ways that are SO obvious I literally have to laugh, knowing that that was totally God haha!

So I’m actually asking myself; What can I DO for someone else this lent season. Or maybe a better question, what will I allow the Lord to do through me??

-I was listening to a favorite podcast from Bishop Robert Barron (check out Word On Fire Ministries page https://www.facebook.com/WordOnFire) earlier today and was actually so inspired, it had me texting family and well now, writing this lol…

Bishop Baron was referring to the story in Luke chapter 5, when Jesus gets into Peters boat, and goes something ike this...

While walking on the shore one day Jesus just randomly got into Simon Peter's boat without asking, without warning, and tells Peter to go back out for more fishing…

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord we've been fishing all night and haven't caught anything, but we’ll go back out if you say so…”

He had been fishing in the shallows all night… And so Jesus tells him to go out into deeper water.

Bishop Baron insists in his talk, that when Jesus gets into YOUR boat he ALWAYS takes you into deeper water. Scary? Yes. Exciting? You bet! Life Giving? Unimaginably!

The question for us is what will you do when Jesus decides to get into your boat??

When Grace “invades” will you cooperate??

Duc It Altum! (Latin for: Into the Depths)

When you follow Christ into the depths, you will find LIFE that is so abundant, so fulfilling, so exciting!

-So, Peter does what the Lord says and casts out into the depths and is soon overwhelmed when his nets are so full of fish, that they begin to rip and tear…

The fish in this story represent that LIFE. An over abundance and overflowing, overjoyed life!

Thats what happens when we start living out our spiritual life - We find this LIFE that comes up from the depths!

Bishop Barron go on to explain what happens next in the scripture writing as the other fishermen come over to help…

Just like when you're living the spiritual life, people start to come out of the woodwork to help you to fight the good fight - for a good cause - ultimately for Christ’s cause…

So, for myself this Lent, I’m not going to give up chocolate (it would be too hard anyway I’m actually addicted) but I AM going to reconnect with Christ. I’m going to confess my sins, forgive others theirs, and do whatever I can to let HIM into my boat. And I’m going to let him steer that thing wherever he wants to, because I KNOW that will lead me to a place of to Real Service, Real Mercy, and Real Purpose! Thats LIFE in Christ!

If your wanting to reconnect with HIM this Lent don’t be afraid to reach out! Erin and I both would be happy to chat, and/or share recourses to make that happen! Comment or send us a private message anytime!