Fifth Sunday of the Year C (07 Feb 2016)
- Isaiah: I am a man of unclean lips…yet my eyes have seen...the Lord of hosts!
- Paul: meeting the risen Lord kept him honest as he brought the gospel to others: I am the least of the apostles, not fit to be called an apostle…but the grace of God…is with me.
- Peter: Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.
- Isaiah said, Send me!
- Paul preached in difficulties of every sort.
- Simon and his partners left everything and followed Jesus.
Is their a lesson for us in this? Here’s one: Accepting ourselves as we are is not just honesty. Accepting ourselves as we are each moment keeps our hearts supple and open. Accepting ourselves—trying to see ourselves as Jesus sees us—helps us be alert as we meet Jesus. Jesus always invites us to deeper friendship with him; he stands by us in all things. Keeping close to Jesus is our brush with God. It happens not only in a lofty or out-of-body way or even a heroic way. Simon’s experience reminds us we meet God in wild, wet, windswept ways as well as in calm, quiet and our dark and difficult times. Accepting ourselves—trying to see ourselves as Jesus sees us—is a gift: it strengthens us to welcome ourselves, others and God. Our triune God desires us to grow into our true selves.
- Pause 15 minutes and rest in our triune God: free yourself of your cares and concerns as best you can.
- Ask Simon Peter to present you to Jesus.
- Chat with Jesus from your heart. Praise him for dying and rising for you; be alert to what Jesus awakens in you. Savor it.
- If the shadow of your unworthiness darkens, do not fear. Take heart, and ask Jesus for grace to respond to him inviting you as you are into the light of his life and love.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Notice each word. Jesus gave us his prayer to stay near him and to grow more strong and more focused and honest as his disciples. Jesus always empowers those he invites to join his mission.