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Gospel Reflection for 3rd Sunday of Easter, Year B, April 15th 2018
We might think of looking for dramatic events after the resurrection of Jesus. Maybe an appearance coming from the sky? The gospel of this Sunday presents his appearance again in very simple situations. He appears to the disciples while they are at ordinary work, their fishing by night. He speaks to them without any pretensions. He cooks their breakfast. He follows this by inviting Peter and with him, the others, to follow him.
The resurrection comes simply in our lives. Wherever the work of justice is done or peace is made, there is resurrection. Forgiveness, compassion, reconciliation, generosity, all are signs of the risen Lord within us and among us. This happens in the ordinary family and friendships and love in our lives. The resurrection always gives us the encouragement and the power to look outside ourselves to others.
Jesus says to them – ‘throw the net out to the other side’. In faith as in other areas of life, he encourages us not to get stuck. The church needs to speak to people in the language of the time and face the issues of today, not of another era. The church is here to reach out to all of us – faith- people and people of not so much or little faith.
The church is to feed the world – with the ordinary food to nourish those who starve in our world, and with the food of life of Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.
Lord Jesus, be the way that guides me in life, the truth that enlightens me and may your love set us free.
Donal Neary SJ
Fr Donal Neary SJ is the Editor of the Sacred Heart Messenger Magazine