HOMILY FOR FRIDAY OF THE 3RD WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: PUT OUT IN THE DEEP.
BY: FR. GERALD M. MUSA.
Often, we like to swinm in shallow waters. After speaking to the crowd, Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Simon must have been fishing in shallow waters. Was he afraid of the turbulent deep waters? Maybe. One of the greatest obstacles that hinder us from “Putting out into the deep” is the fear of the unknown. Another obstacle is our daily tight schedule in which little or no time is reserved for God. Often, we hear preachers say something like, “If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be”
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Today, we celebrate St. Patrick who put out his net into the deep waters of Ireland and made many converts through his missionary activities. He was born in Britain and captured by the Irish and taken to Ireland He escaped from captivity and later returned to evangelise Ireland. He implanted the missionary spirit in them, which made the Irish go to many parts of the world as missionaries. They made a significant contribution to evangelizing Nigeria and many other African countries.
It is not surprising that St. Patrick is the secondary patron of the Nigerian Church. The life and work of St. Patrick remind us that each one of us is called to be a missionary of God’s love. What efforts are we making in deepening our faith,
love, and missionary zeal?
1PETER 4:7B-11; LUKE 5:1-1;
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