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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 17 A..D. 2009

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 reflection on today's Scripture:

Why did Jesus appear to His disciples after the resurrection, and why more than once?

Today's gospel from St. John is the third time He had appeared to His disciples. Each time we learn more about how much He loves and cares for us and He models how we are to care for one another on our journey of faith.

Jesus knew that the apostles were discouraged because they had fished all night and hadn't caught anything. He appeared and directed them where they should cast their nets, and as we know they caught plenty. (see John 21:6) Jesus knew they were hungry and tired; so when they dragged the heavy net onto shore He already had a fire going and some fish cooked. How more understanding could He be?

Christ, as Son of God, might have been expected to be treated as a special person, having the disciples waiting on Him. That is not the pattern we saw of this Son of Man, the Suffering Servant. Let us learn from Him and do the same for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday in the Octave of Easter

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