Gospel Reflection for the Third Sunday of Easter Year B – April 19th 2015
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
The disciples told their story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at the breaking of bread.
They were still talking about this when Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you!‘ In a state of alarm and fright, they thought they were seeing a ghost. But he said, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts? Look at my hands and feet; yes, it is I indeed. Touch me and see for yourselves; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you can see I have.’ And as he said this he showed them his hands and feet. Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood dumbfounded; so he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?‘ And they offered him a piece of grilled fish, which he took and ate before their eyes.
Then he told them, ‘This is what I meant when I said, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses, in the Prophets and in the Psalms, has to be fulfilled.’ He then opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘So you see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.’
Interesting that it is hard to find a painting of their late-night meal of fish. Other paintings are crowded on Google images. The garden, the breakfast on the beach, the road to Emmaus – old and new pictures. Is the fish meal too ordinary for the resurrection? We can’t believe that the lord of all creation who died for us will be recognised so simply.
Jesus is in a bit of a fix. Faith is still weak – how can he get to them. Doors closed and then he comes through their fear. He said Peace again. This didn’t work! Finally tried a meal of ordinary fish with them. Somehow it is getting through. They have remembered other meals of fish and they way he ate it. Faith is growing in them.
There is always another way for Jesus. We resist that he is so ordinary. The resurrection happens now and in the ordinary. How this week did I find the resurrection…..where I took a jump outside of the self? In any way we raise each other up to a better human life and faith, then the resurrection is being shared.
The garden, the chat on the road, – now the ordinary meal. Imagine if we said..he took fish, said the blessing…all of life is sacred, and shot through with the love and grace of the risen Lord.
Donal Neary SJ