April 25, 2014
(Friday in the Octave of Easter)
(St. Mark, Evangelist)
After Peter and John had spoken about the Lord with the Jews in the Temple area, “many of those who heard the word came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand.” Acts 4:1-12
The early Church was growing, just as Jesus had said it would! And He said it in many, many different ways: the multiplication of the loaves and fish, the Kingdom parables about a mustard seed and yeast, and even after his resurrection:
As the disciples were failing miserably with their fishing, Jesus said, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. Jn 21:1-14
Remember, Jesus said to them on their calling, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Mt 4:19 And they did just that. And failure was impossible when they relied, trusted and believed in Jesus; when they cast their net on the “right side” and not the wrong side!
When they reached the shore, Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jn 21:1-14
The number 153 is thought to represent the number of known fish in the sea (at that time) – or the number of nations in the world. The net is Jesus’ Church, our Church – unbreakable!
And just as the disciples and the people were fed with the fish and bread in Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves, and here in His resurrection breakfast – so too are we fed with the Eucharistic Body and Blood of Jesus. Enough for All, enough for Life, enough for Eternity!