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March 28, 2008

For Friday within the Octave of Easter, the Passover of Our Lord Jesus Christ

John 21:1-14
Acts 4:1-12

Today is the second of only two times the name of Nathanael shows up in the Gospel of John.
The first time was just before the wedding at Cana in Galilee.
Today the Gospel tells us for the only time that Nathanael was from Cana in Galilee.
So, Nathanael is one of the clues that today’s last miracle of Jesus before his ascension is to be understood like his first miracle, the one at Cana.
At Cana, newlywed husband and wife had no wine for their wedding day.
Today, seven children, as Jesus calls the seven disciples today, have no fish after an entire night of work.
At Cana, his first miracle, Jesus changed water of ritual purification into a huge overflow of top-notch wine.
Today, his last miracle, he changes the empty nightlong failure of his children into an overflowing catch of fish, and specifically large fish at that.
At both Cana and today, the miracles happen by Jesus giving orders and by men obeying him.
Today, his last miracle both began and ended by saying Jesus revealed himself to his disciples.
Cana his first miracle ended the same way.
This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee,
and revealed his glory;
and his disciples believed in him.

Jesus reveals his boundless glory to his disciples.
His is the glory of a father, because in his Gospel today Jesus calls his disciples “children.”
Children, have you caught anything to eat?

JESUS OUR GLORIOUS FATHER provides for his needy children far more and far better than we can measure, use, or need, because what the risen Jesus gives us is the Holy Spirit from his own Father.
As the Father to me,
even so I to you:
Receive the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit has no measure, no end, no beginning.
Nonetheless, the gift is no oppressive superimposition that massively overcomes the needy with its eternity and infinity.
The outsized gift in the Gospel today doesn’t tear the net.
Mysteriously, by a command of Jesus, the Church really handles the Holy Gift that is too much for men.
The seven disciples in the boat today could not pull the overabundant gift into the boat.
Nonetheless, once all the disciples are standing on the shore with the Lord, Jesus gives another command, and Simon Peter is able to drag the whole gift ashore by himself.
Right after the last words in today’s Gospel, Jesus takes Simon Peter aside, and charges him three times with feeding the eternal, infinite gift to the children of Jesus.
Simon, son of John, feed my lambs!

Simon, son of John, shepherd my little sheep!

Simon, son of John, feed my little sheep!

Follow me!

It was Simon Peter today who told the other disciples, “I am going fishing.”
Hearing his initiative, the others said to him, “We also will come with you.”
If we want to receive and eat the gift of the Father’s Spirit that Jesus gives, then we must get into the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic boat of Simon Peter.
Together with Peter, the humanly futile Church working through the night of this world will accomplish nothing unless it hears and obeys the command of the Lord who has risen on the shore before dawn and is ready with fire and food.
As Peter and John proclaim in the first reading today, we shall receive:
IN JESUS THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD

Today in the final words of the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we joined the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in saying:
THERE IS NO SALVATION THROUGH ANYONE ELSE,
NOR IS THERE ANY OTHER NAME UNDER HEAVEN
GIVEN TO THE HUMAN RACE BY WHICH WE ARE TO BE SAVED.

THE WORD OF THE LORD.

THANKS BE TO GOD.

UT IN OMNIBUS GLORIFICETUR DEUS
That God Be Glorified in All







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