Thursday, September 1, 2011

I love it when a plan comes together...

I couldn't resist, My husband has been watching the A-Team with our oldest lately and lines and songs are constantly playing in my head.

Today, as our daily school routine began we read the scripture readings for today as we usually do and watched the "reflection video" on the USCCB website.  The gospel was this:

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 men."
When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.

In the video we watched, the priest talked about how Christ called Peter to go out into the deep to fish, he compared it to the idea that sometimes we need to go deeper in the spiritual life to really grow. (loved this and had never thought of it before). My oldest daughter remarked that it must have been really hard for them to leave everything to follow Jesus. I said yes it was hard for them, but Christ promised that the reward would be great, and besides, he was worth it. Sometimes he does ask us to go into the deep, to give up everything to follow him, but his promise is that he will give back 100-fold. I remembered that last night I had stumbled upon a video on you-tube after watching another one a friend sent, and thought, it would totally apply to all we had just talked about.
  It frequently happens while homeschooling that we are talking about something and amazingly what ever we read that day or watch applies directly to that spontaneous conversation. It is like a lesson plan I never could have come up with on my own, but which is perfectly planned for the grace of the moment. God knows I am often crazy busy and while I would love to be super homeschooling mom and plan the perfect homeschooling day, sometimes I am lucky to get dinner on the table and diapers changed. So, he fills in the gaps. 
He's the ultimate lesson planner. 

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