I Cannot Be Silent, the News is So Astounding
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For 17 March 2022, The Feast of St. Patrick, Bishop and Missionary, based on Luke 5:1-11
Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, â€˜Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.â€™ Simon answered, â€˜Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.â€™ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signalled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesusâ€™ knees, saying, â€˜Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!â€™ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, â€˜Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.â€™ When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
18 March 2022 @ 3:52 am
Thanks , dear brother, for your beautiful and realistic words on this feast of the great preacher, Patrick. May every blessing be yours.
Sr.Imelda Petersen O.P.
18 March 2022 @ 11:46 am
thanks so much Fr. Nick… at last I could listen to our Preachers again. Thanks for the beautiful message…to believe.. to hope… to love.- Enjoy your feast with the rest of your brothers.
18 March 2022 @ 2:12 pm
How delightful to hear straight from Ireland on the Feast of St. Patrick ! And a strong preaching, too. The astounding news of the story of Jesus Christ always and forever a crucial message, perhaps never more than at this time. Thank you for a sturdy and moving reflection for this day.