Following on from our focus on the theme of ‘Encounter’ last term, Bishop Patrick has asked us to reflect on the theme of Discipleship during the Lent Term. He said:
‘because of that personal encounter with Christ, I would like to encourage each of us to hear and respond to his invitation to be his DISCIPLES, to follow him more closely, and to seek to serve him generously in our daily lives.’
By reflecting on the example of Jesus’ disciples, who ’left everything, and followed him’ we too are called to dedicate our lives to Jesus by answering our call to discipleship.
This links in really well with this week’s word: inspire. When you inspire someone, you make them do something because of what they have seen you do or heard you say. For example, you might be inspired to start playing a sport because you have seen someone playing it on TV or a friend might recommend it to you.
In today’s reading, we heard how the first disciples were called.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
Glory to you O Lord
One day Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret while the people pushed their way up to him to listen to the word of God. He saw two boats pulled up on the beach; the fishermen had left them and were washing the nets. Jesus got into one of the boats—it belonged to Simon—and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Jesus sat in the boat and taught the crowd.
When he finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Push the boat out further to the deep water, and you and your partners let down your nets for a catch.”
“Master,” Simon answered, “we worked hard all night long and caught nothing. But if you say so, I will let down the nets.” They let them down and caught such a large number of fish that the nets were about to break. So they motioned to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. They came and filled both boats so full of fish that the boats were about to sink. When Simon Peter saw what had happened, he fell on his knees before Jesus and said, “Go away from me, Lord! I am a sinful man!”
He and the others with him were all amazed at the large number of fish they had caught. The same was true of Simon’s partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
They pulled the boats up on the beach, left everything, and followed Jesus.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
The deep waters that Peter was asked to take his boat out to, can relate to when we are pushed out of our comfort zone. When we are asked to do something that we think we cannot do, we should listen to Jesus and maybe, as in the case of Peter when he caught a hoard of fish bigger than in his wildest dreams, we will be more successful than we could ever imagine.
Your mission leads on from this as we should be inspired by the teachings of Jesus in order to inspire others to live a life in line with his teachings. Your mission is to inspire others to live a better life.
- Maybe you could inspire someone to walk to school or to recycle more to help protect God’s creation
- Maybe you could inspire someone to join you at Church on Sundays
- Maybe you could ask a friend to join you in prayer at the prayer area in the corridor in order to spend time with God
- Maybe you could inspire someone to have faith when they are struggling with their work in class that God knows they can do it and to keep trying
To help us with our mission, the chaplaincy team wrote some prayers which they read out to us.
Let us know in the comments below how you have met this week’s mission.