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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 9 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

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

A reflection on today's Scripture:

There is no salvation through anyone else, but Jesus Christ. (see Acts 4:12)

Today's Liturgy of the Word centers on scripture that proclaims Christ's resurrection. In our first reading, the Apostle Paul accompanied by John had healed a crippled beggar, an act that drew many to see and hear them. When the temple leaders questioned them to learn in whose name they had healed the man, Peter took this opportunity to remind them it was Jesus Christ, God's Savior, Whom they had rejected and had killed, Who still ministered to His people.

Though they thought they were rid of Jesus, Peter told them He remained alive and present in His Spirit, as the Cornerstone of their Faith. The temple officials wished to arrest and silence these men permanently, but they could not find a valid reason nor did they want to incite the anger of the large crowds following them. Christ's promise to Peter was fulfilled; he had indeed become a fisher of men, a zealous evangelist spreading God's Word.

In today's gospel the resurrected Christ appeared to Peter and his crew on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias after they had fished the entire night without success. Although the men did not at once recognize Jesus, when He told them to lower their nets once again on the right side of their boat and they would make a catch, Peter immediately responded. They caught so many large fish, 153 in all, that the net was strained to its fullest and had to be dragged ashore single-handedly by Peter.

The significance of the number of fish being recorded has been interpreted in different ways; one suggests it is the great success His disciples would have in drawing many to the Lord. Another commentator said that the number was not as important as the many kinds of fish known to exist in that body of water, implying the universal scope of believers who would come into His Church.

Although they did not ask Christ His identity, John told Peter it was the Lord. Coming ashore they saw that their "Visitor" had already built a fire that had some fish and bread on it. He asked them to bring more fish and join Him at breakfast, thus suggesting the ongoing repetition of Christ's eucharistic Last Supper.

O Blessed and most generous Lord,
we pour out hearts to You in thanksgiving for the renewal of life You give us here and in eternity. Help us share this treasure with others.

~ Marie Bocko, OCDS | email: mlbocko(at)twcny(dot)rr(dot)com

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday in the Octave of Easter

Lives of the saints:

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