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Friday 1st Week of Easter

Today’s Mass Readings

Today’s Mass Readings

Friday 1st Week of Easter

John 21: 1 – 14.

When Peter and the disciples caught nothing Jesus told them to throw their nets on the other side of the boat. It seems ridiculous but they didn’t anyway. What’s ridiculous for us is the cause for Jesus to give us a miracle.

It would seem that Peter is disillusioned or at least impatient,
waiting around for Jesus to do something.

So he says, “I’m going fishing,”
and the other disciples followed him.

Even when our hope begins to disappear
and we fall back into our old patterns,
Jesus is right with us on the seashore,
while we are struggling to catch one fish – on our own.
Something else is striking about this passage.

Jesus tells Peter after he confesses
that he has caught nothing to throw his net on the other side.

However ridiculous it seems, Peter obeys,
and another surprise – a miraculous catch of fish.
They caught 153 fish, the number of known fish in that area.

Sometimes in moments of frustration or disillusionment,
we go out on our own trying to do our best
and the majority of the time we have little success, if any.

And even more importantly
we have very little desire to continue.
But when we hear a call to some form of charity
or the Lord is asking us to do something for someone else,
he will always provide for us the resources,
the drive and the joy to see it through to his good pleasure.

Traditionally we call this, doing God’s will.

Like Peter, it may seem ridiculous
or not worth our time of day or too much of a bother.
Resist such temptations.

When we truly care about someone
and love them with a sincere heart,
God will always act in us and provide a miraculous catch.

Do not be afraid to trust Jesus – ever.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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