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.
Jesus takes care of the apostles and their faith. He felt that they were in need of His presence and assurence that He willingly obliged. This is the divine approach, even to day. God comes always to reveal His presence, and we need to believe this, because He is the same, as He was before. He takes pain to express His love, by calling them, with a paternal affection, ‘my children.’ He knows that we are week and we take time to understand the divine revelations.
We are like that Peter, very often letting ourselves be animated by emotions and feelings, particularly dependent on everything that is palpable and visible. Yet God accompanies us by giving us the signs of his presence. We need to fall back, with the confidance, when we fail to respond to God positively. Fortunately Peter was able to see the face of the Lord again after having denied Jesus, to discover the divine compassion. Today he will listen to Him, one can say in his fidelity to his Master. We have to imitate this faithfulness of Peter.
It is in this fidelity that he will respond to the elitists of his time, with the certainty of the presence of Jesus. God needs our witness, so that the world in which we live may discover in us his Word of love and compassion. The celebration of the Eucharist and our participation in it is already a good witness of our faith. Today we discover the palpable and visible presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, a permenant gift God gives to us daily. It is the source of faith and the reason for our gathering, as it was in time of Apostles, after the resurrection of the Lord.
Action of the day : Be a witness of God’s presence to all whom you meet today.
«This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead»
+ Fr. Joaquim MONRÓS i Guitart
Today, for the third time, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples after his rising. Peter has gone back to his old fisherman job and the others have decided to join him. It stands to logic that, if he was a fisherman before following Jesus, afterwards, he gets back to his old job; and there still are those who are surprised to see that it is not necessary to leave one's honest work to follow Christ.
That night they caught nothing! And when the day breaks and Jesus appears, they do not recognize him until He asks them for something to eat. When they tell him they have nothing, He just points out where they are to throw their net. And, even though fishermen seem to know all the answers and they had spent the night to no avail, they obey him. “The power of obedience! The lake of Tiberias had denied its fishes to Peter's nets. A whole night in vain. — Then, obedient, he lowered his net again to the water and they caught 'a huge number of fish'. — Believe me: the miracle is repeated each day” (Saint Josemaria).
The Evangelist points out “the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish” (Jn 21:11) but, in spite of being so many, the net was not torn. These are details to bear in mind, as Redemption, amid normal work, takes place with responsible obedience.
They “realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them” (Jn 21:12-13). He did the same with the fish. If we obey him we shall not lack either the spiritual or the material food. He taught this to his closest followers and Saint John Paul II said it too: “At the beginning of the new millennium, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus when one day (…) he invited the Apostle to "put out into the deep" for a catch: "Duc in altum" (Lk 5:4). Peter and his first companions trusted Christ's words, and they caught a great number of fish" (Lk 5:6). Duc in altum! These words ring out for us today”.
With our obedience —like Our Lady Mary's obedience— we ask the Lord to go on giving his Church his apostolic fruits.