Friday within the Octave of Easter
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.” Several other disciples join him. It seems that they didn’t know what to do; however, as fishermen, their first thought is getting back to normal after the death of Jesus, so they go fishing.
They stay out all night, and the fish were not biting. From the shore, Jesus 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, the disciples 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 invites them to eat and to be nourished. They recognized Jesus in the Eucharistic sign of nourishment and abundance. Once again, He was with them, as before. He was there for them 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, and at first, they don’t recognize Him. After some dialogue, they finally realize who He is, and they rejoice sharing their excitement and joy with the other disciples.
We, too, must recognize Jesus as He comes and walks with us wherever we are. As He shows Himself to be for and with us, let us ask to be quick to recognize Him 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.