Friday within the Octave of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Friday within the Octave of Easter

April 9, 2021

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, media, PA

 

Acts of the Apostles 4:1-12

Psalm 118

John 21:1-14

 

            I have always enjoyed today’s Gospel narrative.  The scene is at the lake of Tiberias.  Peter said, “I am going fishing.”  He is joined by several of the other disciples.  I get the feeling that they didn’t know what to do, but, being fishermen, their first thought is getting back to normal after the death of Jesus; so they go fishing.

            They are out all night and the fish were not biting.  Then Jesus, from the shore, enters the scene and asks them if they have caught anything.  Jesus learns that the all-night fishing expedition was a failure and He recommends that they cast their nets on the right side of the boat.

            That probably should have been their clue.  However, they still did not get it.  After all, they were grieving the death of Jesus on whom they had placed their trust.  Now He was gone; or so they thought.  Then the miracle of the catch follows as it had followed on other similar occasions.  The net became so full of fish that it almost capsized the boat.  Then they recognized Him.  “It is the Lord.”  Peter jumps out of the boat and into the water and swims to Jesus.  Can you imagine the smiles on their faces and the joy they felt in their hearts? 

            When they all come ashore they find Jesus tending a charcoal fire with fish and bread on it.  He then invites them to eat and to be nourished.  They recognized Jesus in the Eucharistic sign of nourishment and abundance.  He was again with them, just as before.  He was there FOR them and in their grief and sorrow.  He sought them out as they were and was WITH them.

            The resurrection stories are so wonderful.  Jesus comes to His friends; they don’t recognize Him at first; there is a dialogue in which they finally recognize who He is; they rejoice; and they share their excitement and joy with the other disciples. 

            We too must also recognize Jesus as He comes and walks with us as we are.  When He shows Himself to be with and FOR and WITH us, let us ask to be quick in recognizing and to rejoice in His presence. 

Question of the Day:  How will you recognize Jesus in all that you do and in all who you meet?  

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for the joy of Your Resurrection.  Help us as we strive to be Easter People.  Amen.

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