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The Word of God and the Body of God reveal each other -- the homily worships both.

April 20, 2006

For Easter Friday

John 21:1-14

It is odd to hear today for the first and only time in the Gospel that the apostle Nathanael was from CANA-- in Galilee-- where the Lord worked his FIRST public miracle, changing water into wine.
Today, we witness the Lord's LAST miracle recorded in the Gospel-- and his LAST miracle also is in Galilee like his FIRST miracle.
Hearing for the FIRST and only time in the Gospel that Nathanael is from CANA, we should recall that the Lord picked Nathanael to be an apostle THREE days before changing water into wine.
Today in the Gospel, the number THREE is repeated, for today is the THIRD time the Lord showed himself to a gathering of his apostles after his resurrection.
These and other parallels tell us the Gospel is drawing a complete circle.
The meaning of today's miraculous, overflowing catch of big fish is the same as the miracle of changing water into an overabundance of fine wine.
At the wedding in Cana, the bride and groom ran out of wine for their banquet.
The Lord then gave orders to the servants, and suddenly there was too much wine-- the best of wine.
Here at the lake in Galilee, the apostles, whom the Lord calls "children", are also in need.
Returning with empty nets, empty boats and empty stomachs after an entire night of fishing, the Lord doesn't ask them if they have any fish.
Rather, he asks them if they have anything to eat.
Since they do not, he gives an order, and suddenly they have too many fish for themselves-- and large fish at that.
The Gospel today both began and ended with exactly the same mysterious expression: Jesus SHOWED himself.
On the day he changed water into wine at Cana in Galilee, the Gospel closed with exactly the same word: Jesus SHOWED-- he SHOWED his glory.
He SHOWED his glory, and his disciples put faith in him.
In all his signs, his sacraments, in the mystery of his Flesh and Blood given as our food and drink, our risen Lord comes to give us the "too much", the greater and better than everything: his very self.
In these he SHOWS his glory.
Let us put our faith in him, and recognize the glory of our Lord in the breaking of bread.
Recognizing him, let our faith cry out with the disciple whom Jesus loved, "It is the Lord."
Then, like Simon Peter, let us throw ourselves, fully clothed with everything that belongs to us, into the fishing grounds of the Church, that we might be caught by the nets of Peter and hauled onto the shores of the Risen Lord.

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The Preface for this Mass (the "Easter Perspective" on the Liturgy of the Eucharist)

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We praise you with greater joy than ever on this Easter day, when Christ became our paschal sacrifice. He is the true Lamb who took away the sins of the world. By dying he destroyed our death; by rising he restored our life. And so, with all the choirs of angels in heaven we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn of praise: Holy, holy, holy....

That God Be Glorified in All


Anonymous Candi said...

Hello Father,

This post is really excellent.

I hope you have had a blessed Easter Week.

I have found that the Lord has given me much grace this week to overcome temptations that usually overcome me! It's been a great week.


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