Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Reflection for Sunday April 10, Third Sunday of Easter; John 21:1-19

Gospel: John 21:1-19
At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.” So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. 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 disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.

When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to Simon Peter a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” Jesus said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”
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Reflection:
Do you always ask the help and guidance of the Lord Jesus Christ whenever you want to achieve something in your life? For example, you want your child/children to become responsible and loving as they mature. Do you pray to the Lord to help you mold your child/children to become responsible and loving?  

The disciples went fishing by their own effort for they thought that Jesus has not risen. They went back doing their former trade by themselves and they completely forgot about Jesus.  Then as they approached the shore Jesus was already there waiting. Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” They answered him, “No.”

Jesus said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.” So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish. We see the big influence that Jesus had in the lives of the disciples. Without Jesus they caught nothing but when Jesus came into the picture they caught plenty of fish.

This gospel scenario is also applicable in our daily lives. If we do things by ourselves we end-up with nothing. Say for example, we want to become rich which is not at all bad and by a stroke of luck we became rich. But we were not able to handle the sudden wealth so we still end-up with nothing. It happened    because Jesus was not part of our lives and He was not there to properly guide us.

But the moment we ask Jesus to help us achieve our life’s aspirations and goals. Once we pray to Jesus to help us guide our children so that they become loving and successful individuals. We surely will be able to achieve our aspirations and goals for the simple reason that we invoked the guidance and help of Jesus.

Jesus makes all things possible no matter how difficult it may seem. We only need to do one thing and that is ask for His help and guidance. Do you always ask the help and guidance  of the Lord? – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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