Sunday, April 14, 2013

“It is the Lord!” (John 21: 1-19)

The narration of the apparitions is the only clue we have to decode something of the mystery of the resurrection.  The empty tomb was proof of a dead body that had disappeared.  The soldiers guarding the tomb at night, who were the only possible witnesses, sold the truth by saying the body had been ‘taken’ or ‘stolen’.  However, they do not know the truth either.  They saw without seeing, overcome by something unheard of, incomprehensible.

Instead in the apparitions, the apostles themselves as witnesses are overcome by ‘normality’.  He is so normal He does not seem real, yet He was very efficacious in overcoming their sense of discouragement, of disillusionment, of death they bore within themselves after Jesus’ execution.

After years of living a nomadic life with the Lord, Peter and his friends go back to fishing.  They had left that profession to go around with the fisher of men, but all had revealed itself to be useless and had vanished into nothing, just as the fish seemed to have disappeared and they were not able to catch anything.  A kind of paralysis invades the scene to the point that they do not recognize the one who has arrived and advises them to ‘Cast the net over the right side of the boat…’  Peter, who is the most upset, does not debate but rather follows the advice without claiming rights of experience or of competence.

Everything changes!  The fish appear and enter into the net in an exaggerated number.  This strange occurrence opens the eyes of the youngest, the disciple Jesus loved, who is the only one able to decipher in the face of the unknown man, the Lord! He says it and Peter acts.  He jumps into the water and goes to meet Him.  Truly, it is the Lord!  Silently the apostles surround Him.  Silently they do what He tells them.  “Bring some of the fish you have just caught”.  Silently they listen in awe before this new life that heals their disillusionment, and energizes their choices once again.  Peter will never go back to fishing, or the others.  They begin to see horizons of a new life and they move towards them.  It is their resurrection!

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the appearances of Jesus in my life that I do not recognize because He is ever new and vibrant.  I will ask Jesus to open my eyes to see Him in every event and person. 

"Today, Lord, dissolve my discouragements, my fears.  Let me relish Your presence in my life and in the world.  Grant that I may welcome You, love You, contemplate You, desirous of loving You and knowing You more each day."

- Living Scripture