Easter Friday
Malvern Minute


Friday within the Octave of Easter

April 17, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry


Acts of the Apostles 4:1-12

Psalm 118

John 21:1-14


In our first reading from Acts of the Apostles we hear the teaching and healing done in the Lord’s name after the Resurrection of Jesus.  Peter and John are questioned and imprisoned because of their preaching and healing.  The high priests ask them, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”  Filled with the Holy Spirit they answered that it is through the power of that Name (Jesus) that men are healed.  Some in the crowd believed, some do not.

Our Gospel narrative is the familiar scene in which Jesus appears to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.  (Note:  This Gospel scene is beautifully portrayed in the 2016 movie “Risen.”)  The disciples have been fishing long and hard, but caught nothing.  Jesus appears and suggests they try a different approach.  Jesus tells them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” And they do!  They catch more fish than they can haul aboard.  It is at this point in the scene that one of the disciples recognizes the man on the shore as Jesus.  Then Jesus invites them to have breakfast with Him.

What catches my imagination is the irony within these two readings.  In both readings we have the blind and the seeing.  There are characters that are filled with the Lord and know it and live it. There are those who witness the power of the spirit in their lives or in the lives of others and still are blind to its source.  And there are those who live the power of the Spirit, who are at times also blind to its source. 

“Jesus is the reason for the season” is a phrase we sometimes hear at Christmas.  I believe we should hear this phrase in this Easter Octave as well.  As for Peter, and for us, Jesus remains no mere precious memory, but He is the Lord who lives and who acts through the hearts of believers such as ourselves. 

Question of the Day:  Do you believe that Jesus is the Divine Physician and heals our souls through the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist?    

Prayer:  O my God, I firmly believe that you are One God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; I believe that your Divine son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead.  I believe these and all the truths the Holy Catholic Church teaches because You have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.  Amen.  (An Act of Faith Prayer.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.


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