April 21, 2017 – Friday within the Octave of Easter
Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (21:1-14)
Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.”
They said to him, “We also will come with you.”
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?”
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead.
Reflect: Come, have breakfast. Jesus prepares and serves breakfast to his disciples. Not only does he direct their nets to be filled to the breaking point with a catch of 153 fish, but he welcomes them on the shore with breakfast after a long night in the fishing boat. What a phenomenal manifestation of the resurrection. Jesus re-inserts himself in the everyday life and tasks of his disciples. He shows them that he loves them and cares about their material as well as spiritual needs. But in filling their nets and their bellies, Jesus reminds them to keep their eyes on him if they want to be fed and filled with the essentials of life. In a sense, this encounter with Jesus is a recasting of his teaching to them: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” For us, too, Jesus is already intimately involved with the ordinariness of our lives. He invites us to keep our eyes fixed on him. He speaks to us through prayer. He feeds us through the Eucharist. He touches our lives through the sacraments. He guides and directs how and where we cast our nets through the teaching of the Church and his living word, the sacred scripture. Dare we refuse the invitation, “Come, have breakfast”? If we accept, Jesus transforms our “ordinariness” into something exceedingly extraordinary! He is alive!
Questions: Can I welcome Jesus into the ordinary aspects of my life and ask him to pour out his abundant blessing over all that I do and all that I am? How might Jesus be preparing for me and inviting me to sit down at breakfast with him? Can I pause the hustle and bustle of life for a moment and ask Jesus in prayer to show me where and how to cast my nets in life?
Pray: Loving God, as you remind me that you are alive and in my midst, help me to put into action the extraordinary blessings that you bestow upon me for your honor and glory and the advancement of your Kingdom on earth. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.
Jesus said to his disciples: Come and eat. And he took bread and gave it to them, alleluia!
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