A Soul’s Deep Waters

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 02/05/2016

in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time — Cycle C

February 7, 2015

“Put out into deep waters and lower your nets for a catch.” (Lk 5: 4b)

A Soul’s Deep Waters

Jesus is calling each of us to be a fisherwoman, or a fisherman.

Never fished? This Lent let us try to plunge into the deep waters of our souls.

Sometimes all you catch is a minnow and you toss it back into the sea. You have done better

than Peter and his crew, who fished all night and caught nothing. Jesus commands them.

“…lower your nets for a catch.”

Perhaps the crew was thinking, “What audacity!” “If Jesus were a real fisherman, he would know it is not the proper time of day to fish, nor the correct side of the boat to cast a net. Peter’s response to Jesus shows faith and humility. Peter knelt and said to the Lord,

“…but because you say so, I will let the net down.” 

Are you, child of God, willing to surrender to God’s will instead of yours? Are you ready to take the plunge into the deep waters of your soul and like a fish scavenger go searching for the catch, will you too search? After the whole night, without a single catch, the crew was ready to clean their nets. Does your soul net need some cleaning and clearing out junk? For a better day and a better discernment time this Lent, be brave enough to honestly look at what you caught discovered. Now emerges the real work of a soul fisherwoman!

Make a personal list of your net worth.   Keep the good; throw out the bad. Next, prioritize the catch to find your #1 Lenten resolution. (Only one resolution to a customer) Finally, create an action plan for your days of soul searching.  Choose the opposite virtue of your throw away.

For example:

 exclusiveness becomes inclusiveness,

alcoholism becomes a drying out period

revenge becomes merciful forgiveness

After this Lent you will see a change in yourself because you took the plunge into the deep waters of your soul. You will hear this message from the Lord,

“Well done good and faithful servant…”


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What message emerges very clearly in this miracle?
  2. What time will you set aside to reflect upon the Lenten suggestions found in this week’s reflection?
  3. What new insight were you graced to see?
  4. Who might you choose to be your prayer partner this Lent?
  5. What makes it so difficult to surrender to God’s will?
  6. What suggestions are being given to you by the Holy Spirit?
  7. How might a spiritual director be able to help you stick to your resolution?

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Sr. Kathleen Tobin February 6, 2016 at 4:38 pm

Nice suggestions for Lent.


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