THE SEEMING IMPOSSIBLE, BECOMES POSSIBLE!
Today’s Gospel gives us another graphic account of an encounter between Jesus and his apostles after his resurrection.
One point that can go easily unnoticed in the Gospel reading is that, despite everything they had been through, the apostles had returned to work, and had decided to get on with life. However, the question can rightly be asked: Had they changed in themselves since they last picked up the Fishing Rods, hooks and sinkers? It is impossible for us to imagine what must have been going through their minds during those post Crucifixion days. Life, however, has a way of marching on, but mostly to a different drum beat, or could we say, heart beat? It was like the shepherds at Bethlehem, where it can be presumed that, after being to see the sign that the angel spoke of, they probably returned to their task of minding sheep, but it says in the Scriptures that they returned by a different road. On Mt Tabor, when Jesus was transfigured, and was seen in splendid glory, Peter wanted to stay there and contain all that had happened; no, they had to come down off the mountain, and get on with the Mission, in companionship with their Lord. In the Gospel today they returned to what they thought was the normal work-style, however, because of their experience, something deep within had changed, and nothing was exactly the way it used to be, and never will be!
The events, which are related in the story today, underline for us that Jesus wants to be involved with us in the everyday issues of life. The Risen Lord is found within the ordinary mess of daily life. Remember in last week’s Gospel, Jesus invited Thomas to put his finger into the cavity wound in His side? Thus, inviting all of us, who have not seen, yet believe, to search for the Lord within the brokenness and woundedness in ourselves, and our world! However, there is a silver thread underlying the significance and meaning for us in the Gospel; namely, in Jesus the impossible can become possible! Jesus says,” Have you caught anything friends?” The disciples and “No”. “Try the starboard side,” said Jesus, and what a catch they had! It was at that moment that the Risen Lord was recognised!
Further, on in the story, Jesus invites his disciples to breakfast, where there was some bread and fish cooking. Jesus asks them to bring more fish, and here we have the words spoken by Jesus with distinct Eucharistic overtones….”Jesus took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish…”
The gift that Jesus was giving them would be food which will last forever, and the partaking of this food changes the inner spirit and thus enables us to respond to the invitation of Jesus, “Do you love me?” What is our personal answer to that question? Do you love Jesus? Whenever we really love someone it is always accompanied by responsibility…in this case, Jesus says to Peter and to us….”Feed my lambs and feed my sheep”. Hence, we are called to be people who enliven and nourish others through our Faith, Hope and Love. We are called to be daring in life with Jesus, we are invited to the Eucharistic Table where we as companions of Jesus, can truly give thanks and praise to God within a community.
Fr Kevin Walsh
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