Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Luke 5:1-11 Deep Waters

Jesus saw two boats alongside the lake…Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon…he said to him…“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  Simon said in reply, “Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.”  When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing…When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”…Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
Put out into deep water.  As we approach Lent, what can we do to get closer to the Lord?  Put out into deep water.
Unfortunately, we like shallow water for a variety of reasons:  there's no depth there, we can see the bottom, touch the bottom and stay in the water for hours without working hard at it.  We like shallowness because there's no depth in it.  It's easy going.  But God is not in the shallow end.  He is in the deep end.
Some scientists (materialistic scientists) like the shallow end.  They like crisp formulas and exact results.  But life is not crisp or exact.  It is natural.  It is full of subjectivity, feeling and striving. 
Georgetown University Professor John F. Haught notes that natural science achieves exact results by restricting itself to measurable phenomenon, ignoring deeper questions about meaning and purpose.  By its method, it filters out subjectivity, feeling, and striving, all of which are essential to a full theory of cognition.  Hence, Materialistic Darwinism is incapable of explaining the universe, for the universe gives rise to subjectivity, feeling, and striving. (God and Evolution, First Things, October 2007)  
These sciences are like little puddles that kids stomp their feet in; whereas, philosophy and theology are sciences in which you can’t even see bottom!  Their object is way too profound!  So they need some help - a little bit of light, some revelation.
Sure, the natural sciences appear to explain a lot, but always at a very superficial level:  the material and efficient cause level.  Their discoveries may appear to be profound, but they are actually very shallow; near the surface, at the molecule level.  And even their calculations may appear to be exact and to the point, but they are actually ignoring and missing all the main points:  formal and final causality; that is, purpose and meaning. 
“How I came to be” is very shallow compared to the profundity of “why I came to be”. 
Now like I said above, some people actually prefer to stay in the shallow end of life and encourage others to go there as well.  They say, “Oh, it’s so nice over here!” (I personally think their afraid their missing out on something better.)   I call these folks “Atheists of the gap”; for they dismiss, ignore and laugh at all that is profound.  They attempt to drain the pool of all its water!  In other words, they attempt to empty the life out of life and make it appear shallow. 
What they need to do is not empty the pool but leave the shallow end and jump into the deep end.
Jump into the deep and see what you find.  In the shallow end we find those who believe that man is just an animal, made out of the same stuff of skin, bones and organs.  Now lots of kids feel this way.  It makes life so much easier for them.  But if they were to jump into deep water, then they would find so much more to life; that is, that which only humans can have and do:  faith, hope, sacrifice, modesty, purity, poetry, paintings, music and love. 
From the deep, it soon becomes clear that humans are more like aliens than like animals. 
In the shallow end it’s all about sex, impulses and urges.  But in the deep end, we find love, romance and fidelity.  Now that’s deep! 
In the shallow end, we find survival-of-the-fittest.  In the deep end, we find mercy, compassion, forgiveness and sympathy.  In the shallow end, we find adaptation.  In the deep end we find justice, conversion, a change of heart, not adaptation!  That’s not deep.  That’s profound!  And that is where the Lord can be found.
Go out into the deep!  In the shallow end nothing is deep, it's all superficial.  There's no need to tread water.  But in the deep end, everything is deep, everything is hard work. 

In the shallow end, "marriage" is shallow.  In the deep end, marriage is deep, for it requires vows, hard work, sacrifices, compromise, perseverance and dedication.  In the shallow end, living together requires little to nothing, except two people.  And no requirements, except self-gratification.
I am a sinner.  When Peter said these words, he took a plunge into the deep cold water of reality.  He could have said to the Lord, “Look, I make mistakes.  I’m only human you know.”  Instead, he preferred to jump head first into the deep and relate his life to the Lord’s life, for to call oneself a sinner means to reunite one’s life back to God.  That’s deep.  But what’s even deeper is the Lord’s response:  Do not be afraid.  From now on you will be united to me.
Deep waters always bring us to surprise and wonder.  The realm - the Kingdom - of God.    

1 comment:

  1. Splashing around in the shallow end is really overrated! I'd rather be with Jesus in the deep end any day, even though I know I'll have to push through the waves and fight off a few sharks along the way! I wish it hadn't taken me a quarter of a century to realize that, but I'm all in now!

    Thank you for helping me learn how to tread water! ;)

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