February 9

 Luke 5:1-5

“He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.” vs. 3

After being run out of his hometown Jesus goes to Capernaum, a town on the Sea of Galilee not too far from Nazareth. Again people are very interested in what he has to say and crowd him right off the shore and into a boat. Simon is the owner of the boat and does what he can to accommodate the teaching rabbi. Little did he know that this first encounter would turn into a life of discipleship. By welcoming Jesus into his boat Simon took the first step on the Way and it turned out to be an incredible adventure. That’s how it is with Jesus. He invites himself into our lives and never leaves. One day we’re going about our business and the next we’re sacrificing everything for the sake of our Jesus connection. The whole trajectory of our lives is changed by the unchanging Divine Presence and we embark on a daily journey of loving and serving. At first Simon likely thought Jesus’ commandeering of his boat to be a nuisance…it took him away from his planned schedule. Later he likely realized that this was the best day of his life. That’s what life with Jesus is like. What seems bothersome, an unwelcome interruption, turns out to be the turning point of our lives!

Thought for the Day: How has Jesus changed my life?

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