Written on: May 1, 2019
Sister Karen Marie Voltz GNSH provides us with a reflection on the readings from the third Sunday of Easter. Sister Karen was a teacher at Holy Angels Academy, and is now a pastoral visitor in the Buffalo area. Our thanks to Sr. Karen for sharing her insights on persistence!
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Responsorial Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13
Gospel: John 21:1-19
Peter announces to some of the apostles that he is going fishing. It is night, a productive time to fish, and they are experienced fishermen.
They labored thru the night, but caught nothing. Returning at dawn, with empty nets, they see Jesus on the shore, but they don’t recognize Him. Perhaps it is not quite daylight. Perhaps like Mary in the garden on Easter, Jesus is not ready to reveal Himself to them.
This Stranger on the shore, is telling them, to lower their nets again. Dawn is not the time to fish. They have toiled all night, and have only “hauled in” failure- empty nets!
There is something in the stranger’s words: “Cast the nets…and you will find something” that makes them try again! Is it a desire to try again because someone has faith in them? They try and the nets are so full, they can’t haul them in.
How often have we labored at a profession, a project, a task, a friendship- and have failed! Then someone asks us to try once again. Or, the Spirit inspires us to try one more time. Our emptiness, our futile efforts are rewarded.
A miracle we think, like the catch of fish!
However, only when invited to eat do the apostles “…realize it is the Lord.” At that moment they recognize Jesus, because He had chosen to reveal Himself.
Do we have the humility and faith when faced with failure to try again, to follow the promptings of Divine Providence, and others? It is our legacy to recognize the Risen Lord each time we gather together, and are nourished by Christ in the Eucharist!
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