READINGS for 2006-04-21

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



?Come, have breakfast.??? John 21:12

Do you remember Peter?s denial of Jesus? He denied Jesus by a bonfire. After this, I suppose Peter would never have wanted to go near a bonfire again, for it would make him remember the betrayal he did to his friend, Jesus.
     In this gospel account, once more Jesus sits with Peter by a bonfire. Peter hesitates, but the call of Christ is sweet and gentle. Peter comes close. Jesus asks him three times if he loves Him.
    Three times. The exact number of times of Peter?s earlier refusal of the Lord. Jesus asks thrice to restore his three denials. And with grace, Peter regains and forgives himself. That is why during Pentecost, he was so courageous when he saw the Holy Spirit in the form of fire. Perhaps he remembered the bonfire,  and was no longer afraid!
     God will restore you where you have fallen. Only discover His sweet and forgiving love. Arun G.

Do I recognize the ways Jesus restores me?

How great is Your love, O Lord! Praise You forever and ever. Amen



Acts 4:1-12

Peter will not claim any of the glory for himself because he knows that the glory belongs to God alone. This is a very important principle to remember. As soon as we begin to appropriate for ourselves the glory that belongs to God, we are in big danger of falling into the sin of pride and arrogance. Let us be sure to ask ourselves  the truth concerning where the power comes from to work the good deeds that we perform in our lives. I am sure that if we are honest with ourselves, we will recognize that it comes from God.

1 While they were still speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees confronted them, 2 disturbed that they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. 3 They laid hands on them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. 4 But many of those who heard the word came to believe and [the] number of men grew to [about] five thousand. Before the Sanhedrin 5 On the next day, their leaders, elders, and scribes were assembled in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly class. 7 They brought them into their presence and questioned them, ?By what power or by what name have you done this?? 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, answered them, ?Leaders of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a cripple, namely, by what means he was saved, 10 then all of you and all the people of Israel should know that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. 11 He is ?the stone? rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.? 12 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.?

P S A L M  

Psalm 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27

R: The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his mercy endures forever. 2 Let the house of Israel say, ?His mercy endures forever.? 4 Let those who fear the LORD say, ?His mercy endures forever.? (R) 22 The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes. 24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. (R) 25 O LORD, grant salvation! O LORD, grant prosperity! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD; we bless you from the house of the LORD. 27 The LORD is God, and he has given us light. (R)


John 21:1-14

It must have been very disconcerting for the apostles to see their master crucified on a cross. At the same time I think it would have been quite difficult for them to accept the fact that Jesus rose from the dead. I sometimes wonder how I would have handled these experiences if I had been there. It is easy to be wise in retrospect but much more difficult to make the right choices in the heat of the moment. Jesus wants us to encounter him and come to a deeper faith and trust in Him. Let us pray that we will grasp such an opportunity when it comes our way.

1 After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. 2 Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee?s sons, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, ?I am going fishing.? They said to him, ?We also will come with you.? So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, ?Children, have you caught anything to eat?? They answered him, ?No.? 6 So he said to them, ?Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.? So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. 7 So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ?It is the Lord.? When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. 9 When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, ?Bring some of the fish you just caught.? 11 So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, ?Come, have breakfast.? And none of the disciples dared to ask him, ?Who are you?? because they realized it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

my reflections
It is easy to be wise in retrospect but much more difficult to make the right choices in the heat of the moment.



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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 2Chronicles 22-25



Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You should never miss it. But perhaps there are times when for one reason or another you miss it.
      Breakfast is not simply eating anything at the start of the day. They should be nutritious meals. Fruits and cereals are my favorites. But sometimes they are not available at the breakfast table.
     Breakfast is not at eleven o?clock in the morning or anytime beyond that. If you have your breakfast too late, most probably you will forego lunch because you simply have lost your appetite. But we know what ?brunch? means and how it has changed the breakfast table.
     Bible scholars and theologians say that after the Resurrection, all the meals that Jesus took with His disciples were Eucharistic. In short, Jesus was actually celebrating Mass with His disciples.
     As Jesus prepared breakfast for His disciples, we may well remember three things. First, the Eucharist is the most important meal of the day. Never spend the day without it. Second, the Eucharist is the most nutritious meal there is. It gives us eternal life. Third, whenever possible, the Eucharist is best to be the first schedule of the day.
     Every day the Risen Lord waits for us at the table. We may come in the morning, at noon or in the evening. Whatever time we come to the table of the Lord, it is always like breakfast because it is the most important meal of the day, it is the most nutritious meal for our immortality, and is the meal of all meals.
     Did you have breakfast with Jesus today? Fr. Bobby T.

?We can live a day without the sun but not with the Eucharist? (St. Ireneaus).

You have given us Yourself, O Risen Lord, through the Holy Eucharist. Increase our love for this most sublime Sacrament. Make us hunger for It so much so that we do not spend a day without receiving It. And the more we receive It, the more may we become like You, for You are our Lord now and forever. Amen.

St. Anselm, bishop confessor, doctor of the church, pray for us.

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