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February 7, 2016: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sister Betty Hopf (left) prays with Shannon Turner on the last day of her radiation treatments at the Hux Cancer Center.While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“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.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats so that the boats were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”
When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:1-11)


Sometimes we can get discouraged when our efforts fall short of what we had hoped. Then someone comes along and suggests a different approach. Perhaps that “someone” is the voice of the Spirit prompting us to go in another direction. If we listen and take the advice, we may be surprised at the outcome! Simon sure was! God works in strange ways!


If someone at work or school or in your family seems to be discouraged, perhaps what they need is a kind word or a positive suggestion from you. Ask God to help you be an instrument of good to others.

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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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