“Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them,
and the same with the fish.”
The rest of the world has settled “back to normal” after Easter holidays now, but we continue to dwell on the resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Church. Today’s Gospel, which many people consider the most beautiful of the resurrection stories, has many themes: the failed fishing trip, the inability of Peter to recognise the risen Jesus, the miracle of the 153 fish and the simple, powerful reassuring words of Jesus to his confused disciples: “Come and have breakfast.” We can all find ourselves a place in this Gospel story, as we continue to wonder at the resurrection.
I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me and have not let my enemies rejoice over me. O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead, restored me to life from those who sink into the grave. Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him, give thanks to his holy name. His anger lasts but a moment; his favour through life. At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. The Lord listened and has pity. The Lord came to my help. For me you have changed my mourning into dancing; O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.
First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40-41
Second Reading: Apoc 5:11-14
Gospel Reading John 21: 1-19