Sunday, February 7, 2016

From CMMB: Support Sister Monica

Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”                                                                                 -Luke 5:1-11
Photo Marcos Rodriguez KENYA
Sister Monica of the Sisters of Charity with a mother and child in Cîté Soleil, Haiti.
In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon's boat. Jesus turns to Simon and tells him where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing all night and have not caught anything. When Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed, they catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear!

Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord”—the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus' presence.   In the people whom Jesus chose to be his closest friends—his disciples—we see many of the characteristics of ordinary human beings; people like Sister Monica of the Daughters of Charity in Cîté Soleil, Haiti. Working with CMMB, she sets an example of faith, humility and hope. Surely Sister Monica is another one of God's disciples, meant to "catch people" in one of the poorest communities in Haiti. Sister Monica's net is made of love, compassion and dignity. She is able to draw women and children toward her, and show them that our Lord is everywhere.

As Christians, we participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives. Let's remember to use the gifts God gave us to transform into better people. If we can do that, we can be the disciples through whom God will lead others to Jesus and his kingdom. If you haven't already, please join our community conversations on Facebook and Twitter, and explore ways to join our movement.
Yours in grace,

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This reflection is inspired by, and adapted in part, from Loyola Press Sunday Connection.
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