In the Moment

One day as he was preaching on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the Word of God. He noticed two empty boats standing at the water's edge while the fishermen washed their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push out a little into the water, so he could sit in the boast and speak to the crowds from there.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Now go out where it is deeper and let down your nets and you will catch a lot of fish!"

"Sir," Simon replied, "we worked hard all last night and didn't catch a thing. But if you say so, we'll try again."

And this time their nets were so full that they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the edge of sinking.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, "Oh, sir, please leave us - I'm too much of a sinner for you to be around." For he was awestruck by the size of their catch, as were the others with him, and his partners too - James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus replied, "Don't be afraid! From now on you"ll be fishing for the souls of men!"

And as soon as they landed, they left everything and went with him. Luke 5; 1-11 (TLB)

Meg Mangan lives in New South Wales, Australia. Recently a friend told Meg of his plan to travel to the other side of Australia to see the wildflowers. Meg told him of her experiences in the Fitzgerald River National Park, which is renowned for its spectacular wildflowers. although it was well past the official wildflower season when Meg visited, she was overwhelmed by the beauty and variety of flowers still blooming. Talking with her friend brought back the joy Meg had experienced. It put her back in the moment.

Meg is glad that the Gospel writers put together vibrant and meaningful stories that capture much of what it was like to be with Jesus and to hear what he had to say. Their stories of what Jesus said and did can put us back in the moment. From the time Meg was a small child, she has enjoyed hearing the stories of Jesus because she gets a sense of what it would have been like to be there.

Being able to imagine what Jesus meant to the people of that time is a precious gift scripture gives us. It helps us to grow in our faith and understanding.

Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for the stories of Jesus' life and teachings. Thank you for the people who have shared those stories with us, in Jesus' name, amen.

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