April 10, 2015
Friday in the Octave of Easter
1st Reading: Acts 4:1–12
Gospel: Jn 21:1–14
Jesus revealed himself to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias. He appeared to them in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas who was called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two other disciples were together; and Simon Peter said to them, “I’m going fishing.” They replied, “We will come with you” and they went out and got into the boat. But they caught nothing that night.
When day had already broken, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus called them, “Children, have you anything to eat?” They answered, “Nothing.” Then he said to them, “Throw the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they had lowered the net, they were not able to pull it in because of the great number of fish.
Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It’s the Lord!” At these words, “It’s the Lord,” Simon Peter put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and jumped into the water. The other disciples came in the boat dragging the net full of fish they were not far from land, about a hundred meters.
When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you’ve just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed into the boat and pulled the net to shore. It was full of big fish—one hundred and fifty-three—but, in spite of this, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” and not one of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and he did the same with the catch of fish. This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after rising from the dead.
(Daily Gospel in the Assimilated Life Experience)
After Jesus’ death, the disciples went back fishing with a feeling of frustration that they had wasted time following a liberator who ended up on the cross. The frustration must have led to depression because they could not even catch a single fish all night. Weren’t they supposed to be expert fishermen?
It was in that state of depression that the Lord appeared to them. Jesus brought their depressing night to the threshold of dawn with its promising streaks of light. Jesus matched the intensity of their frustration with the abundance of his grace by giving them an abundant catch. So great in number were the fishes they caught that they were unable to pull their nets.
The return of the disciples to their old profession which led them to frustration mirrors the pattern of many who fall back to their old sinful ways when life gives them the impression that God is dead. Let us not succumb to the temptation but hold on to the promise of the resurrection. – Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., DM. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.frdan.org. .
Prayer for the day: God our Father, strengthen our faith in the resurrection so that we may have it as source of strength at every trial we undergo. Grant this through the risen Christ our Lord. Amen.
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Michael de Sanctis. He was born in Catalonia, Spain in 1591. At an early age of six years, he already told his parents his desire to be a monk, but his parents died, so that Michael worked as an apprentice of a merchant. In 1603, he entered the Trinitarian Monastery in Barcelona and took his vows in 1607 at St. Lambert’s Monastery in Saragossa, Spain. His desire to join the reformed group of Trinitarians made him enter the novitiate in Madrid and after his studies at Seville and Salamanca, he was ordained a priest. He became the superior of the house in Villadolid for two terms. St. Michael had a great devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament. He died on April 10, 1625. Pope Pius IX canonized him in 1862.