April 21, 2017
(Easter Octave Friday)
The disciples went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Jn_21:1-14
Ever notice, how in life, sometimes, try as we might, things just don’t work out the way WE want them to? Whether it’s a job, or a health issue, or a weight-loss program, or even a conviction to a person or a belief.
Remember how Thomas and Peter both insisted that they would die for Jesus, and what actually happened when their conviction was put to the test? Sunday we’ll hear about Thomas’ test of faith. And today’s Gospel sets the stage for Peter’s three-fold inquisition by Jesus, “Peter do you love me?”
You see, even after encountering the resurrected Jesus two-times earlier, the Apostles were still bobbing around in the water, trying to do things ‘their way,’ because it wasn’t fish that Jesus wanted them to catch, but men and women. And it isn’t fame or wealth or retirement that Jesus wants us fishing for either.
When we can let go of that, sometimes stubborn, will to do it on our own; When we can learn to rely upon and respond to the instructions of Jesus, that might not always make immediate sense to us, like switching which side we’re fishing on; then, out of the darkness of chaos and failure, when we’re done bobbing around in the Baptismal waters of new birth, we’ll find ourselves Confirming our faith – around the charcoal fire of the Holy Spirit’s Love, and sharing the Eucharistic bread and fish of Divine Life with Jesus; Food that will strengthen us to Comfort and to Heal and to Forgive all of those who are still crippled in the darkness. . . .
To strengthen us to endure accusations and even persecution in the Name of Jesus, just as the apostles were strengthened to endure the extreme of martyrdom, in order to bring His Name to us.
And then to proclaim, like Peter, with confidence to the world, that: “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” Acts_4:1-12
Jesus Christ IS the “Cornerstone” of our salvation. And WE are the “Living Stones” of His Temple, (1 Pt 2:4-6) shouting from the rooftops, “Come!”
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