For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading immediately made me wonder why Peter went back to the area he was from and went back to his fishing career after Jesus' crucifixion. I'm thinking to myself, "WHAT! After everything Peter witnessed and took part in, how on earth could Peter not be even more moved and even more passionate about his new mission?" After all, when Jesus first met Peter He told him that he would now be catching men instead of fish. I'm wondering if for a brief period of time Peter might have been so discouraged, depressed and despondent over Jesus' death that he could not get his ministry started. He may have just been so out of it that he just could not get it together. The more I thought about this, the more I understood because I have been there too. This was the third time that Jesus appeared to the apostles after He rose from the dead. On this third time Peter must have snapped out of it, especially since Jesus came to him while he was back at his old game, which was fishing. I find it so interesting that it always takes that third crack of the bat upside the head to get us to snap out of ourselves and into Your Self.
I Love this teaching Father. I LOVE IT! Whoooooooo! Thank You for reminding me that even Peter, for a period of time, found it hard to get it together when he was making his transition from one career to another. It's so wonderful to know that we are all in this together and we can relate to each other. Jesus made a switch from carpenter to the Messiah, Peter made the switch from fishman to apostle and I make my switch from where I was to being Your disciple. I am disciplined enough to be Your disciple. My head is in it, my heart is in it and my spirit is in it. I accept the mission that You have implanted in my heart and created especially for me to do. I am on purpose, Your Purpose. I am Yours, do with me what You Will. Your Will is my will. Let's do this crazy thing!
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John
1 After this Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tibe'ri-as; and He revealed Himself in this way.
2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathan'a-el of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zeb'edee, and two others of his disciples were together.
3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will go with you." They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing.
4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
5 Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any fish?" They answered him, "No."
6 He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, for the quantity of fish.
7 That disciple whom Jesus Loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his clothes, for he was stripped for work, and sprang into the sea.
8 But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.
10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish that you have just caught."
11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn.
12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." Now none of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.
13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish.
14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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