Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Feb. 6, 2022

Reflection for Feb. 6, 2022

Always present tense

God chooses you and me each day to be ambassadors

by Sister Mary Kabat

Today’s Gospel from Luke (5:1-11) is quite the crowded, noisy scene.  Jesus is preaching on the lake shore, people are trying to press in closer to him, there are boats and fishermen and voices all around.  Then there is only Jesus and Peter.

How would you describe Peter – gruff, impetuous, short-tempered, impatient, close-minded?  Jesus sees the man and follower he needs and who he will become. Peter senses what Jesus is saying in the ask – “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” It is about far more than fish.  It is about trusting Jesus with all your life, and Peter is scared and self-aware and warns Jesus not to choose him.  But Jesus does and makes another ask: “Do not be afraid.”

Each of us in our relationship with Jesus has challenging, growing moments. So, St. Paul alludes to in the second reading from his first letter to the people of Corinth (15:1-11) – “I am reminding you of the gospel I preached to you … Through it you are also being saved.” Being  -- with Jesus we are in a living, growing, transforming relationship. Like Peter, we can tell Jesus not to choose us for the need at hand, we can tell him others are better, we can remind him of our sins and all the reasons we are not the best or better choice. But Jesus chooses you and me over and over again.  Let’s pray for each other today that we not be afraid.

Reflect on this scene with Peter and also reflect on your relationship with Jesus. How has your mind and heart been changed and formed by Jesus’ choice of you to follow him?


Sr. Rose Jochmann
02/04/2022 9:58 am

Thanks, Mary. I appreciate your reflection about Jesus choosing Peter and choosing us over and overe again. What a blesssing! And, we are are reminded "Do not be afraid". Jesus is there for us!

02/04/2022 10:17 am

I trust Jesus to walk with me on all my journeys.

Claire Letourneaux
02/04/2022 3:04 pm

I am glad and blessed I have Jesus to walk beside me in my life.

Rev. William J. Jacobs, Jr.
02/04/2022 6:26 pm

Great reflection! I loved your "lead-in" statement. You took us on a journey that was an eye-opener, but so reflective.

God bless you & all the Good Sisters,

In God's Never-ending Love, Father Bill

Debra Haven
02/05/2022 2:37 pm

You are also being saved. Being with Jesus we are in a living, growing, transforming relationship. In challenging times when we want to retreat, remind us "do not be afraid".

02/06/2022 12:03 pm

Your thoughtful reflection, Mary, calls into my awareness how each one of the stories in this weekend's readings are of persons who did not consider themselves 'qualified' or 'capable' or 'up to' what GOD / JESUS was asking of them. Isaiah didn't; Paul didn't; Peter didn't.

It reminds me, too, how it is precisely WITHIN this personal awareness and sense of 'sin' in one's own self / life, that grace enters in, and the process of transforming one from being ashamed or afraid, into becoming a person of blessed gratitude, joy, compassion and trust occurs -- over and over and over again, throughout our life.

"How has your mind and heart been changed and formed by Jesus’ choice of you to follow him?"

Allowing myself to 'enter into' the suffering of another / others, is transforming my heart of stone into a heart of flesh. [Ez. 36:26]

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