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Weekly Prayer

Sunday, January 25, 2015

“They left their nets and followed him.”

Jesus, I’ve always been surprised
by how quickly your disciples
left their nets to follow you.

I know there’s symbolism here,
but sometimes I wonder
if they left so quickly
because they weren’t
very good fishermen.
After all, in the gospels
they never seem
to catch a fish without your help.
And following you
probably seemed easier
than the backbreaking work
of hauling nets.

The gospels don’t show them
as very good disciples either—
not until you pour out
your Spirit upon them.

Jesus, sometimes things
in my life and work
drive me crazy
and make me think
it would be nice
to drop it all and run away.

Help me to remember
that the disciples
left behind their nets,
but not their lives as fishermen.
In the same way,
you don’t ask me to run
from who I am,
but to take who I am
and put it at the service
of your kingdom.

So I follow you, Lord,
but it isn’t easy,
And I fear that
I, too, am often not
a very good disciple.

Pour out your Spirit
on me too, Jesus,
Inspire me to follow you
more closely today,
and every day of my life.

  Fr. Richard Lamoureux, AA Photo
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