Jesus’ appearance at the lake
April 21, 2017 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 hun dred 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. (…)
(Daily Gospel in the
Assimilated Life Experience)
After Jesus died, the disciples went back to their old life as fishermen, probably with a feeling of frustration that they had wasted time following a leader who raised and sustained their hopes for freedom for a time but ended up in the grave. As they went back to their fishing profession, their frustration must have descended to depression when they found out that they were not even good at fishing anymore. They caught nothing in that all-night fishing.
While they were in the pit of depression Jesus appeared to them. Jesus ushered the morning to their frustrating night. The depth of their frustrating experience was matched by Jesus with the abundance of his grace manifested in a catch of fish so great in number they were unable to pull their nets.
Let us not retire to our old sinful ways when life gives us the impression that God is dead. Our God is alive and can turn dark nights into beautiful mornings. –(Atty.) Rev. Fr. Dan Domingo P. delos Angeles, Jr., D.M.
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