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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John 21, 1-14

Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this:

Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together.

Simon Peter said, 'I'm going fishing.' They replied, 'We'll come with you.' They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.

Jesus called out, 'Haven't you caught anything, friends?' And when they answered, 'No,'

he said, 'Throw the net out to starboard and you'll find something.' So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish.

The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord.' At these words, 'It is the Lord,' Simon Peter tied his outer garment round him (for he had nothing on) and jumped into the water.

The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net with the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it.

Jesus said, 'Bring some of the fish you have just caught.'

Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken.

Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, 'Who are you?'. They knew quite well it was the Lord.

Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish.

This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen from the dead
and will die no more.
He awaits us in Galilee!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

After having abandoned their nets to become fishers of men (Lk 5:10), the apostles return to being regular fishermen. And now, when Jesus appears without them recognizing him, the same scene of the beginning repeats. Also this time they had fished the entire night in vain. It is the experience of a fruitless work, the experience of thoughts, worries and agitation that go nowhere. Without the light of the Gospel, it is difficult to work and bear fruit. We are abandoned to ourselves and our sterility. Instead, with Jesus, we get close to the dawn of a new day, a new time. It is the Risen One who gets close to the disciples. He always takes the initiative. They do not even realize it and in any event they do not recognize him. Though they are tired and understandably untrusting, they obey the invitation to throw the nets on the other side of the boat. Maybe in that voice they hear the echo of the one they listened to for three years that had so captivated them. They don’t believe, though, that the voice can speak again. Besides, how many times do we not believe that the Gospel is an effective word? This Gospel passage can help us understand the usefulness of not losing the habit of listening to it. Yes, let us not lose the habit of listening to it. The disciples, tired and mistrustful, maybe just by instinct—the instinct which comes from the habit of listening to the Gospel—obey the words telling them to throw the nets to the other side. And then the miracle comes: the catch was abundant, beyond all measure. At this point they recognize the Lord. We could say that the effectiveness of the Gospel opens their eyes and hearts. Perhaps they understand better what Jesus had told them before: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). Only with the Lord does the impossible become possible. With the Gospel we can change our hearts and the world. The disciple of love understands this immediately. It is he who recognizes the Lord and immediately tells Peter, who, overcome with joy, throws himself in the water to reach Jesus. And on the shore the disciples relive communion with the Teacher. Jesus has already prepared the fire and waits for the fish caught in the miraculous catch. It is the banquet of the Risen Jesus with his own children. The words of the evangelist recall those of the multiplication of the loaves and of the Eucharist. And actually the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy is the place where the community of disciples is built up, the space of the multiplication of love.

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