Thursday, April 20, 2006
April 21, 2006
Easter Friday - Yr II
After the crippled man had been cured, while Peter and John were still
speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard,
and the Sadducees confronted them, disturbed that they were teaching
the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They
laid hands on Peter and John and put them in custody until the next
day, since it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word
came to believe and the number of men grew to about five thousand. On
the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in
Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and
all who were of the high-priestly class. They brought them into their
presence and questioned them, "By what power or by what name have you
done this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them,
"Leaders of the people and elders: If we are being examined today about
a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, then
all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the
name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised
from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is the
stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
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."
Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas
called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, and two
others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going
fishing." They said to him, "We also will come with you." So they went
out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it
was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples
did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, "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. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It
is the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in
his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. The
other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore,
only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they
climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and
bread. Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you just caught." So
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. Jesus said to them, "Come, have breakfast." And none of the
disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they realized it was
the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and
in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed
to his disciples after being raised from the dead.
Bible scholars generally agree that the number 153, the number of the
fish caught in the net in today's Gospel story, is symbolic. Many
accept the explanation given by St. Jerome 15 centuries ago. Jerome
said that ancient zoologists listed the different kinds of fish in the
world at precisely 153. So this number might represent all the nations
of the world. As there was room in the net for all the different kinds
of fish in the world, so there is room for all nations in the Kingdom
The early Church sent disciples to all nations. A missionary spirit was
part of Christ's heritage to his Church. It was the Spirit of the Risen
Lord which urged the Church to reach out to all nations, to adapt her
theology, her spirituality, her liturgy to the needs of national and
local cultures. Under the direction of the Spirit the Church has
continued to enjoy this freedom. She seeks still the roads along which
she believes she should lead men and women of varied times and cultures
in their search for God, in their search to find for themselves the
freedom of the sons and daughters of God.
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the speedy recovery of the Mom of Nayds.
- for the speedy recovery of the sister of Anabelle.
- for the speedy recovery of Marissa and Irene.
- for the personal intentions of Charles & Cheryl C.
- for the personal intentions of P. Manzano.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Edward T. Ngo
- Birthday: Fr. Jose Gregorio Rincon
- In Memoriam (+): Jose Ponciano Lee
- In Memoriam (+): Lim Bin +
- Wedding Anniversary: Augusto & Lilia Tycangco
- Wedding Anniversary: Wilfred & Linda Ong
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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