20110901 Thursday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time(Lk 5, 1-11)
My dear brothers and sisters,
It is a great pity that Farther prior Polycarpo Kim is leaving today.
We are so happy and grateful for his stay.
All of us will really miss his staying with us.
As we know, we had a perfectly lovely time together.
We are sorry to have to say goodbye.
Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
We believe that you and traveling brothers will have a safe trip.
Put out into the deep water and the deeper monastic life.
I think that where there is no problem, there must be no one there.
All of us have own problems and questions, but I believe that there is a way to get around some problems.
one of the most important things is to find a way to solve a problem.
When I had a discussion with our Korean brothers about our problems,
I often heard that “We already attempted that many times, but failed.”
we can find that there is a similar situation in today’s Gospel.
Jesus said to Simon, “Put out into the 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.”
Now, listen again to Jesus’s words, “Put out into the deep water”, “into the deep water”
Yes, I understand “into the deep water” is the more important word in today’s Gospel.
Jesus’ words to Peter, “Put out into the deep water” are significant.
They challenged Peter to step into a faith.
As a result, he and his companions stepped into a deep faith,
and then, “they left everything and followed Him”.
They left their fishing and put out into the deeper waters of faith.
Peter put out into the deep water, and his life was never the same again.
Maybe we have come to our problems in our monastic life,
and we are tired of living only in the shallow waters.
Now, Let’ us put out into the deeper monastic life.