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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 28, 2020

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MONDAY, September 28                  Paula and Eustochium

Luke 5:10b-11 Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

The “fishers of men” image is a powerful and familiar one. It can also be one that puts the power and the gain into the fisherman’s hands: the net, the boat, the meal, all things that clearly empower the fisherman over the fish. When this is translated in English as “catching people” however, it opens up another image.

I like to think Jesus calls us to be especially mindful about catching those who have slipped through the safety nets of our communities—to keep them from harm. These are the pieces of good news that I have felt myself, been caught by and called back to God: the friend who saw me going through a rough patch and reached out, the parish that wrapped itself around a family in crisis, those who provide listening ears to comfort the grieving. May we seek to catch and keep one another.

MOVING FORWARD: Are there pieces in your spiritual tackle box that need some extra attention?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Nandyal (India) and Adelaide (Australia)

Ps 89:1-18 * 89:19-52 | Hosea 2:14-23 | Acts 20:17-28 | Luke 5:1-11

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