The Gospel for Today
Friday in the Octave of Easter
Jn. 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.
Reflection (Sem. Jul Elden Nuique)
My father left us one afternoon in October 2003. I was out for work and when I got home, I saw that his car was no longer in the garage. Our helper said that he threw plenty of clothes in the car’s trunk and left without a word. A couple of days before this, he, my brother, and I had an intense fight for two hours. We had enough of my father’s philandering, especially since it hurt our mother and caused us no end of stress at home. After years of muteness, we got it out in the open and the result was a broken family. Truth be told, our family was already broken a long time before that, we just faked it.
For the next few years, we heard almost nothing about my father. We knew after he left that he went back to his hometown in the province, and took his mistress and daughter to live with him in our house by the beach. We lived with our grief and struggled to maintain a sense of normalcy despite the far from ideal situation of our family.
In October 2007, in the midst of our financial crisis, my father called us and offered his help. Even though we needed it desperately, my mother, brother, and I still argued for several days about whether or not to accept his aid. I was going through a spiritual conversion then and, with copious tears, earnestly begged them both to give my father, and our family, this chance at reconciliation. Love won (even more than financial necessity) and, the day after we came to an agreement, for the first time after four years, we had lunch at our home with my father and my half-sister.
This is my personal experience similar to Christ’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. When we allow forgiveness, one of the expressions of God, in our hearts, we encounter the resurrected Jesus. Reconciliation is from God and one of its pathways is through the heart. When the heart is full of love, then it is full of God.