Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 16, A.D. 2004

Scripture from Today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 4:1-12
Psalm 118:1-2,4,22-27
John 21:1-14

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

The readings for the post-Easter liturgies are truly exciting. They stir us out of our lethargy, or, perhaps, the letdown that comes after the crashing climax to Jesus' death--the Resurrection.

Jesus appears many, many times after Easter, and tries in so many ways to convince people that He is truly risen, not a ghost, not a mirage. In today's Gospel, He waits until the Apostles, who have returned to their trade, are really frustrated from the lack of results. Then, He dazzles them with a catch of 153 fish!

A noted expert on cross-country skiing has observed that when one falls down (and it happens quite often!), one feels quite helpless. But once one has managed to get on one's knees, it is quite easy to get up again! How often do we, in frustration, give up trying to recover from some loss, when all we need to remember is to get on our knees. Jesus will provide the solution, as He did to the frustrated Apostles!

- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)


Octave of Easter

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