Fill Up with Faith
How much more do we benefit from having God in our lives? You don't feel empty or alone, because you know that someone has your back, and has a plan for you. I recently got my wisdom teeth out. You know how you feel before that happens right? Terrified, stressing over the pain you know is to come. However, you go to have the procedure anyways because you have faith that it will be for the best. Your mouth may hurt for a while, there may be pain and tiredness. In the end though, it helps your mouth to be more functional and less sore. This is what it means to be hopeful for the future, and trusting in God.
Today's Gospel states: 'While the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennes'aret. And he saw two boats by the lake; but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." And Simon answered, "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets." And when they had done this, they enclosed a great shoal of fish; and as their nets were breaking, they beckoned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zeb'edee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men." And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him' (Luke 5:1-11).
In today's Gospel, we read that the fishermen had been out for a while, with no luck. When Jesus comes, he tells them to try throwing their nets again. They are reluctant at first, but through faith, and believing Jesus will help them, they leap. They try again. When they do, their nets are filled with fish. This just shows that if we have faith, and believe God is making the best happen for us, then good will overcome anything. Even something as painful as wisdom teeth, if we pray, believe and truly give ourselves over to God, our nets will be filled with fish, with good.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic Online' a prayer for having faith:
Lord, I believe: I wish to believe in Thee. Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved, and let it penetrate my thought, my way of judging Divine things and human things. Lord, let my faith be joyful and give peace and gladness to my spirit, and dispose it for prayer with God and conversation with men, so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation. Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume to be based on the experience of my thought and of my feeling; but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit, and not have any better guarantee than in docility to Tradition and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church. Amen.