Friday the 8th week of Easter

“Jesus came over, took the bread and gave it to him, doing the same with the fish”

04/09 Friday the Eighth week of Easter

Gospel, John (21: 1-14)

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint John

 Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

21 After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

Reflection

St. John, through symbolic language, presents us with a parable about the mission of the new community: to free all men (“the fish”) who live immersed in the sea of ​​suffering. This liberation is only possible with the presence of Christ. The fishing done during the night means the absence of Jesus. The result of the disciples’ action (at night, without Jesus) is a complete failure (“without me, you can do nothing” – John (15: 5).

The arrival of the morning (of the light) coincides with the presence of Jesus (He is the light of the world) Jesus gives them directions, they obey with docility and the nets are filled with fish. The success of the mission is not due to human effort, but to the living presence of the Word of the Risen Lord. The bread with which Jesus welcomes his disciples on earth is a sign of love by Jesus for his community, who are on a mission in the world.

This reading invites us to see the centrality of Christ, alive and risen, in the mission entrusted to us. The success of the Christian mission does not depend on human effort, but on the living presence of the Lord Jesus. When tired or suffering, discouragement takes possession of us. He will be there, giving us the food that strengthens us. It is necessary to be aware of his constant, loving and life-giving presence at our side and celebrate it in the Eucharist. This will be transformed into the proclamation of the Good News, which gives meaning and hope to all of our Christian brothers and sisters.

Let us open ourselves to God, let us meet Him in the Word that He provides in his Gospel.

 

PRAYER

Come, Divine Spirit, fill us with your Wisdom. Divine Holy Spirit come, fill us with your life so that we can remain firm in our Faith and be credible witnesses of your love. Let us all sing, “Lord watch over me …” https://youtu.be/SAC5u35WGdg?t=98