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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 13, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 4:1-12
Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a
John 21:1-14

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today the Gospel writer tells us that after the death of Jesus some of the Apostles were hanging out together. Perhaps with everything they had recently experienced concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus, they felt some kind of need to be together.

You can imagine that for someone like Peter all this hanging out was beginning to get to him. We are told he says, "I'm going fishing." Even then some of the others pipe up and say they will come too. What we see is Peter seeming to seek some semblance of normalcy in doing what he was used to doing—fishing. What we learn is that it was in just such a normal context that the Lord appears.

Isn't it like that with us? Isn't Jesus, after all, in the ordinary circumstances of our lives and we don't recognize Him? Recall that Peter didn't recognize Jesus either, until someone else pointed Him out.

That is our point of reflection on this Easter Week day. Will we be someone who points out Jesus to others? Will we be like Peter once he recognizes the Lord and goes full-bore ahead to Him or shall we be like the elders and learned men and scribes in the First Reading who were told quite bluntly that they crucified the King of Glory, but still refused to see and believe?

The Lord has risen as He promised. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

- Donna Nelson, OCDS
(drn3rd at hughes dot net)

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