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“God is the good and all things which proceed from God are good.” – Hildegard of Bingen
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When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
This is the famous story of Jesus advising Peter, a seasoned-fishermen, to cast his nets one more time into deep water after he caught nothing all night.
Peter begrudgingly does so, more or less out of respect for Jesus.
The nets end up filled with so many fish they are in danger of tearing.
That’s when Peter makes the comment in today’s scripture verse.
Peter feels he doesn’t deserve such gratuitous favor.
Not only that, he feels he is so sinful that Jesus is much too good to be in his lowly presence as well.
I don’t think things have changed much since that time.
Many still believe that we are wretched, low-life sinners.
Yes, we have our struggles. Our souls are encased in bodies that assail us with needs and wants. This is the evolving human condition.
But we have somehow lost the awareness that we are good at the core.
We decided to dwell on the second creation story in the third chapter of Genesis, and ignore the first creation story in the first chapter.
That’s the story where God calls everything, including human beings, very good (Genesis 1:31).
This was our “Original Blessing” that we forgot.
Jesus showed us the heart of God.
He healed many and never seemed to care if they deserved it.
He told the story of the landowner who hired workers at various times throughout the day for his vineyard, and then paid them all the same amount (Matthew 20:1-16).
When the workers who toiled the longest complained about the later workers getting the same amount, the landowner replies: “Are you envious because I’m generous?”
The landowner is the God figure.
Jesus is telling us that God is generous to all.
Jesus also said that God makes the sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).
God is good!
God loves you and me and all of creation unconditionally.
Live in that awareness…and share it!
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