Third Week of Easter

“It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus……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 to them ‘Come and have breakfast.’ But none of the disciples were bold enough to ask ‘Who are you?’; for they knew quite well it was the Lord.”

John 21:4, 9, 12, 13

We are now well into the Easter Season.  During Lent we have spent some 40 days in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.  Following the drama of the Sacred Triduum the “Three Days” of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday this led us to the joy of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Day with the discovery of the empty tomb.   Now we are celebrating the 50 days of feasting after Easter.  We are to feast on the joy of the Risen Lord, the wonderful fact that Jesus is truly alive and He has been raised from death.  We are to feast upon the goodness of God our Father in giving us the wonderful gift of His Son Jesus.   We look forward to the promised gift of His Holy Spirit which we will celebrate at the end of the 50 days with the wonderful Feast of Pentecost.

Jesus appears to the bewildered disciples on several occasions to prove the validity of His Resurrection.  On Sunday at Mass we will hear and read again the Gospel account of the lake-shore breakfast, the reinstatement of Peter and the miraculous draught of fish. It is always amazing when we hear about and read this Gospel account of the Resurrection appearances.  Jesus is God in flesh, fully God and fully human – yet He, the All-Powerful One who has conquered Death and Hell itself through His rising from the dead, greets His fickle disciples who have gone back to their own ways of life – fishing – and He lovingly meets them where they are as He cooks and serves them breakfast.  He, the Master, once again acts in love as the Servant of all. Just as He did at the Last Supper.

Our God is a powerful and a patient God.  He looks to provide us with second chances and deals with us always in love.  The beautiful account of the meeting of Jesus with the disciples shows us the Father’s Heart of Mercy which is personified in Jesus.  This is particularly shown in the reinstatement of Peter.  Following his denial that he ever knew Jesus three times, it is interesting that Jesus asks Peter three times if he loved Him.  This was a wonderful account of how Jesus dealt with His apostle who had betrayed Him through his denials.  Jesus gives Peter a second chance and He looks on his heart.  In this encounter, Jesus shows us that we too might mess up like Peter yet if we are truly repentant and come back to the Lord with all our heart, He will be faithful and just and will forgive us of all our sins.

As we journey through the Easter Season, let us celebrate and rejoice that we have a Risen Saviour who loves and cares deeply for us, and is intimately aware of our physical, spiritual and emotional needs.

Our prayer this week is the Regina Coeli – O Queen of Heaven.  It replaces the Angelus prayer and is said morning, noon and evening.

O Queen of Heaven Rejoice! Alleluia!

For He whom you did merit to bear. Alleluia!

Is risen as He said. Alleluia!

Pray for us to God. Alleluia!

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