So yesterday I considered being a fruit bearing tree, today a fisher of men; Bible journaling at its best right. Can I just let you in on a conversation I had the other day? It’s hard. It’s hard being a faithful, Catholic, woman in this world. And we’re supposed to be fishers of men? Really? Cause some days I just feel like a wiper of bums, a cooker of food someone will turn their cute little nose up at, a chauffeur of soccer and piano players, a finder of the lost socks, a referee of the Legos and a woman to my man. When do I have time to be a fisher of men and where will I get the energy?
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 4
P –Sometimes Lord, I feel like I’m barely treading water. That’s all. Over and out.
O –(God) Jesus, when dealing with the tempter, responded, “It is written.” And then moved on. (Me) I need to know what is written. I need to avoid “hand to hand” combat with the tempter. “It is written” and move on.
W —vs 19…Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.
E –I envision a life where a temptation doesn’t set me back. I see it for what it is–a lie. I respond to it with a truth and then I go about my business. The longer I look at or bemoan a temptation, the less effective I can be for the Kingdom of God. I need to know the Word. I need to know the words of truth so I can fight the lies.
R –I want to be a fisher of men. I also want to imitate You and be able to say, “It is written.” I also want to imitate You and say, “Begone Satan!” I need some truth in my steps and some force in my walk. I am so glad Lord I committed to reading Your Word this month. It will make me a better follower and empower me to lead others to You. What I say, do and who I am should make me a net for You not an anchor for the enemy.
I want to share a couple of quotes from the book, The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study that seem to dovetail nicely with my prayer and reflection on Matthew 4.
“…in Verbum Domini the pope (Benedict XVI) speaks of the power of the Word of God, to touch hearts, to uplift the weary and to convert souls to Jesus Christ. He emphasizes the role of Sacred Scripture in the New Evangelization and, in doing so, reminds all Christians that it is the duty of all to “proclaim the Gospel”:
“We cannot keep to ourselves the words of eternal life given to us in our encounter with Jesus Christ: they are meant for everyone, for every man and woman. Everyone today, whether he or she knows it or not, needs this message. May the Lord Himself, as in the time of the prophet Amos, raise up in our midst a new hunger and thirst for the word of God (cf. Amos 8:11) It is our responsibility to pass on what, by God’s grace, we ourselves have received.“”
Pass it on friends…Pass it on.
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