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Thursday, September 5, 2002

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1 Corinthians 3:18-23
Psalm 24
Luke 5:1-11

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off-shore drilling

"Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch." —Luke 5:4

Everyone wants to put out into deep water and see God do a miracle. Here we meet Jesus and hear His special calling for our lives. But before He told Simon to "put out into deep water," the Lord told him "to pull out a short distance from the shore" (Lk 5:3). Here we are separated from the network of activities which gives us security and keeps us busy. Off-shore we have nothing to do but listen to Jesus teach us. A retreat can be an off-shore experience. Or it may be a long drive by yourself, a lonely evening at home, a long wait at the doctor's office, or the three days before you get the TV fixed. Off-shore we have time to hear Jesus. This off-shore drilling is a prerequisite for putting out into deep water. We must give ourselves a time of preparation to receive special revelations of Jesus' power and glory.

Prayer:  Father, may I give myself enough time with You.

Promise:  "All things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or the present, or the future: all these are yours." —1 Cor 3:21-22

Praise:  Katie prays the rosary as she walks to work.

Reference:  (Is God writing on your heart to read the Bible every day? We have several tape series that may help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is thirty-two audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or seventeen video tapes starting with V-21.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, February 7, 2002

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 12, 2002