Week of July 23, 2017
I think everyone knows I like to fish! There is something about being out on the open water, experiencing the lake and the waves, watching the sunsets, and of course dropping a line down for that crappie or walleye which we hope will bite. Fishing is probably the one thing Minnesota has going for it, more than any of the other lower 48 states! A person who likes to fish is always looking for that next great thing, that next opportunity to reel something exciting in. It’s sort of like Christmas all over again as you wait for that first glimpse of what is on the other end of your line. Of course, it helps if you like to also eat fish, like myself, which simply multiplies the reward.
Fishing is a pass-time for some and a passion for others, but regardless it’s one that you cannot have without a great sense of hope. And, maybe that’s why Jesus first called fishermen to a part of his original twelve. They knew both the reward of the catch and the disappointment of getting nothing, but that does not stop them from trying time and time again. If you think about it, maybe our whole life should be like that. We should constantly cast our lines, pass on God’s goodness and joy and compassion, without always having to have something on the other end of the line. Sometimes, no one bites. At other times we can make a difference when people’s attentions are caught. Either way, it’s not really about them, it is about our connection to God and the thrill of doing God’s work, of making this a better place for everyone!
On a side note: I have been very fortunate to have just obtained a nice, used 20 year-old, 16.5 ft. Crestliner boat which I am currently trying to get set up. This boat is in great condition and will be better suited for me as I approach older age and have more difficulty moving around. This said, I have my older 25 year-old boat for sale! It’s a Mirrorcraft, 14ft. deep-V, with a 15 horsepower Evinrude outboard engine in excellent shape! This along with the trailer is all in mint condition. Actually, it will be sad for me to sell, but it’s time to move on. So, if you or someone you know is interested contact me at my office at: 320-251-4831 ext. 213. I am asking $2,250 for the whole thing…fish not included!
P.S Don’t forget to check out our parish website with pictures and some video of my last fishing trip to Canada with some friends this past May.
Words to live by: “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships were built for.”
Fr. LeRoy Scheierl