Creation and Salvation

Greetings on this the Thursday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Col 1:9-14; PS 98:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6; Lk 5:1-11

We cannot and must not separate the wellbeing of creation from the Salvation story of Jesus.

First reading
Brothers and sisters:
From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding
to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

In every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light.

Learn and Do.

Responsorial Psalm
The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia Verse
Come after me, says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.

Gospel Portion

Luke’s Creation and Salvation (Luke 5:1-11)
In the Gospel of Luke we begin with the calling of the fishermen of Lake of Gennesaret.
Casting their nets over the side in obedience they caught great number of fish.
Simon Peter, sensing Jesus’ difference said, Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.

Jesus replied, Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.

John’s Creation and Salvation (John 21:1-14)
In the Gospel of John we end with the calling of the fishermen of the Sea of Tiberias.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish.

So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.

Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish.

  • Creation is a gift.
  • Creation is at the beginning and the end of the Incarnate Life of the Lord.
  • Creation is tightly linked to the salvific message of Jesus.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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