Thursday, April 20, 2017
April 21, 2017 - EASTER FRIDAY
Acts 4: 1 - 12 / Jn 21: 1 - 14
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Jn 21: 1 - 13
After this 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 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 his 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 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 is the Lord!" At these words, "It is 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 the shore, about a hundred 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 have 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 them dared ask him, "Who are you?" for they knew it was the Lord. Jesus then came and took the bread and gave it to them, and he did the same with the fish.
In today's Gospel reading we see the risen Christ appearing for the third time to his disciples at the Sea of Galilee. The incident recalls the miraculous catch of fish by Peter and his fellow-fishermen at the instruction of Jesus before they were called to follow him and become his disciples. It also recalls the multiplication of loaves and fishes when Jesus fed thousands at a deserted place.
We see the sharp insight of the beloved disciple John who first recognized the Lord, "It is the Lord!" and the loving enthusiasm of Peter who could not wait but jumped into the water to be with the Lord on the shore.
We can reflect at the picnic-style breakfast at the lakeshore as Jesus fed and treated the seven disciples. Is it really the risen Lord? What is the risen Lord for me today? We ask Peter, John, Thomas and the other apostles to pray that we may know the Lord.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
ERNEST KENNETH W. CUYEGKENG
JOAQUIN ENRIQUE TAN
LANCE AUGUSTINE TING
LEO M. LABRADOR
INTERGRATED BUILDERS & WATERPROOFING TECHNOLOGY INC
IN MEMORIAM (†)
ANTONIO CO TUN (04/21/1919)
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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