“Let’s Go Fishing!”
(A reflection on the readings for the Third Sunday of Easter. This article appears in the Parich Bulletin of Our Lady of Victoryy Church in Manhattan, NYC — April 18, 2010)
We continue to celebrate the Risen Lord in our lives during this Easter season. Like the disciples and his followers we can also say that we have seen Him and we have recognized how he is present in us and among us. The appearance of the risen Jesus to the disciples on the seashore is a manifestation of how his presence brings new life and challenges them to growth. And the Book of Acts records how the first Christians received the Spirit of the Risen Lord and followed the disciples.
The two scenes in the Gospel capture the different but interrelated aspects of the Easter mystery. In the miraculous catch of fish we are given the sign that God gives us abundance of new life. And in the encounter between Peter and Jesus we see how the Risen Christ invites not only his disciples but each one of us to become his faithful disciples. Like the disciples we can also tell the Risen Lord that we will go fishing…and we will bring other people to Him.
While discipleship is demanding, God always gives us what we need. He is always there to nourish us and to encourage us. And we share in the abundance of this new life when we follow Jesus. Every day we must take care that our actions announce God’s blessings and that our life speaks of God’s goodness and care. Leading others to Christ doesn’t mean doing big things; it means doing little things well, and reflecting the new life of the Risen Christ dwelling within us.
– Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas