Saturday, April 4, 2009

let down your nets...

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. In today's Leaflet, Rev. Tilden helps us to prepare. "Let us launch out into the deep and let down our nets." No matter your particular religious home, Holy Week is a time to let down our nets-to fully trust and accept.

"THE LAST MORNING (Scripture Readings)

AFTER these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. . . .
They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. . . . And for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.

John xxi

THE LAST MORNING (Tilden's Meditation)

"THOSE early disciples, who belonged to the true peerage in the realm of Character, who answered his first call at the sea-side, obey now his word by the self-same sea. Listen to the call, " Children, have ye any meat ? " Often, like these faithful followers, we, after having toiled all night and caught nothing, shall hear a voice, " Cast the net on the right side and thou shall find." Happy for us if we know, as did Jesus' loved disciple, "It is the Lord." Let us launch out into the deep and let down our nets for a draught; and lo! the unbroken net will be full! We can tend the lines and draw the seines ; but lines and seines and boat and sea are made and owned by a higher Power. How sublime is the faith of Jesus that no word of his could ever be lost, though spoken only to listening ears! The human soul was his chosen papyrus; on this only he wrote."
May we all tend the lines and draw the seines! Blessings

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