friday of the octave of easter

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I wonder, might I give a few comments on today’s gospel reading? I am not implying that I have much intelligent to say, but please bear with me. Commentaries help me to digest the readings, and there are so many subtleties to the post resurrection accounts. Take for instance where Peter spots the Lord Jn 21:1-14 on the shoreline. Immediately he jumps from his boat to swim towards Him. There is no hesitation, and no fear of drowning. Personally I can’t help but contrast this with the storm at sea narrative. Gone is the fear. It is a leap for joy! What a contrast . The earlier stories were both frightening and at the same time instructional. Through the storms , the disciples learned to keep focused on Christ. They learned to confront those possessed, and also how to heal. They faced confrontational authorities and they walked with uncertainty.

With the Easter Christ surprisingly, they are emboldened. While at sea Peter leaps into the water. When confronted by a cripple Acts 4:1-12  they gladly  offers him the salvation of Jesus Christ. It seems the crippled Apostles themselves are healed of their own infirmaries.Bold and confident. There us no hesitation, and no fear. That has past. They enter a new life.

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.

The other subtlety that I zeroed in on this Friday after Easter is what Jesus offers the disciple when he reaches the shore. Jesus offers him breakfast. Breakfast as in break the fast. Break the fast of the night , break the fast of darkness. Embrace the light of day. Rejoice in it! And what was the fast of the night, the great darkness? It was the crucifixion, it was the treading in the grave. To witness the resurrection of the Lord, Peter has to leave the dark of night behind. He had to rejoice in the Easter Christ. He had to scream Hallelujah!

Lectionary: 265.

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