Intention: That all people will know greater fulfillment through God’s redeeming grace, especially those who are struggling to find peace and justice in their lives.
Today’s Gospel | John 21:1-14
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.
From the Seventh Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Saint Paul, enlightened by God’s wisdom and inspiration, says that the world did not recognize God through its wisdom, so it pleased God, through the folly of the preaching of the Gospel, to save those who accept the faith.
The reason that Saint Paul gives for this is that God’s secret plan was unveiled to him. He had received the grace of unveiling to the nations the incomprehensible riches of Jesus Christ, so that those who previously were deprived of Jesus Christ and were strangers to the covenant of God, without hope in his promises, now belong to Jesus Christ and are strangers no longer. They have become fellow citizens with the saints and servants of God’s household. They are the structure that has been built on the foundation of the Apostles and raised up by Jesus Christ. They have become the sanctuary where God dwells through his Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, as we make our way through the routine of our day, it is easy for us to become numb to life and all of its sacredness and meaning. Just as your Risen Son surprised the disciples with the sight of him standing before them, surprise us each day with the wonder of your presence. Open us to the power of your Word and strengthen and sustain us as you speak to us in ways that we would never expect. By the power of your grace, we will know that it is you. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.