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Today while we did the reflections for last Sunday’s readings we each brought something to share for a simple meal, while we shared our encounters with the Risen Lord. This reflection piece stuck with me as I recalled how Mary Mag went to share with Peter, then both He and John went to see for themselves…

Isn’t it beautiful to see that a Christian is, by definition, one that belongs to a community that experiences the resurrection together and not as individuals. As Paul proclaims (in the second reading), Christ is truly their life, their center, and it changes the way they relate to each other. They accept each other for who they are with all their strengths and weaknesses. This communion propels them to mission as we hear Peter proclaim boldly in today’s first reading. The resurrection generates a communion among them that transforms them from fearful followers to bold witnesses to the only truth that really matters – Christ is Risen!

Amen alleluia!

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: April 6, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

So how many have you ‘caught’ with the net of love in Jesus Christ? Fret not if it is not one or a few. Just be attentive and obedient to our Lord’s call to cast your net. It is through the power and grace of our Risen Lord that we will be successful in our endeavours. And our greatest reward will be to dine with Him at His table.

Be steadfast and bold in your proclamation of Christ Jesus, for the Holy spirit has been given to all who will do so. And we never stand alone when faced with adversity or challenges.

Our Lord is risen alleluia, alleluia. Amen

First reading

Acts 4:1-12
The name of Jesus Christ is the only one by which we can be saved

While Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers, the total number of whom had now risen to something like five thousand.
The next day the rulers, elders and scribes had a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, ‘By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’

Gospel

John 21:1-14
Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, ‘I’m going fishing.’ They replied, ‘We’ll come with you.’ They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.
It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, ‘Have you caught anything, friends?’ And when they answered, ‘No’, he said, ‘Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.’ So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul it in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ At these words ‘It is the Lord’, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.
As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, ‘Who are you?’; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.