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Friday in the Octave of Easter

2 Corinthians 5:14-15: For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us triumph over death through Jesus, our Lord. Thank you for giving us victory over sin through his sacrificial death. Thank you for giving us victory today in our life as we live it for him. Through the precious name of Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (April 05, 2013)
Day: Friday in the Octave of Easter
First Reading: Acts 4:1-12
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27a
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: John 21:1-14
Lectionary: 265
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 21:1-14
1After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe'ri-as; and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathan'a-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zeb'edee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No." 6 He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Disbeliever who not believes the resurrection say the disciples only saw a vision of Jesus. The gospels, however, give us a bright picture of the reality of the resurrection. Jesus went out of his way to offer his disciples different proofs of his resurrection - that he is genuine and true flesh, not just a spirit or ghost. In his third appearance to the apostles, after Jesus carried out the miraculous catch of fish, he made ready a breakfast and ate with them. Peter’s prompt recognition of the Master and exclamation, It is the Lord! Stands in sharp contrast to his previous denial of his Master through the night of arrest. The Lord Jesus reveals himself to every one of us as we open our hearts to receive his word. Loving Infant Jesus, you are the Resurrection and the Life. Increase our faith in the power of your rebirth and in the truth that you are truly alive! May we never doubt your life-giving word nor stray from your presence.


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