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Jn 21: 1-14

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.

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. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to 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 because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”

When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

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Children of God

Enter John’s narrative with its explosive symbolism – the boat, water, fish in the boat, in the water, over a charcoal fire, served with bread. The boat is Church, the water a normally stormy world but calm today, its concession to Christ’s presence. The stony beach on a fresh, cool but warming, sun-filled morning – Christ’s kingdom. Jesus, alive, transfigured, not atop heavenly mountain but here, in the now. Peter, diving into the water, cleansing himself of denial and weakness. Fish, we are the fish (and the fishermen), in the Church, in the world, dying to the world, integral to his communion.

Christ risen, sharing bread and fish with those who left him to die alone. Abandoning not those who abandoned him but making them fishers of men, inviting them into his kingdom. On a perfect morning Christ joyfully, unconditionally loving, calling to his doubting, broken apostles (and us), “Children.”

Stephen Hutchison founded and leads Revitalization 2000, Inc., a nonprofit organization that emerged from St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church to assist its Ignatian-based mission to serve the poor in the surrounding neighborhood of north St. Louis.

 

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Prayer

An Easter Prayer

Christ, as You did that perfect morning
call out to us amidst our daily toils
and invite us
Your children
into communion
forming us
in whatever we do
into fishers of men.

—Stephen Hutchison

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Jesus’ Resurrection

During Lent, JesuitPrayer invites you to reflect on some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises. Our featured presenter, Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, offers nine short video reflections, beginning Ash Wednesday. New videos will be posted each Sunday through the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 28, 2019.
Click here for all videos.

Video Transcript

My former religious superior, Fr. Bob Lab, loved dessert. Toward the end of each meal he would hold his fork high, smile, and say: “The best is yet to come!”

He also used to preach his retreats on the Resurrection. Holding his fork high he encouraged us to rejoice for… “The best is yet to come!”

In the meditations on Christ’s resurrection, St. Ignatius invites us to pray for that gift of joy – a joy is not based on some naive optimism but rooted in the deep belief that Christ has been raised from the dead. And one day we, too, will be raised, and the fullness of his victory over sin and death will be fully realized. For indeed “ The best is yet to come!”

Pope Francis has written that too often we walk around like we live in a perpetual Lent or like we’ve just come back from a funeral. We are an Easter people. St Ignatius invites us to meditate on these stories of Christ’s resurrection and pray for the grace to live that joy. So…

Let us bid goodbye to a sourpuss faith,
Living stoic of soul with a vinegar face,
Mourning each evening in funereal processions,
Grabbing and grasping our precious possessions.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Let us bid goodbye to a pickle-faced fast,
Feast on His mercy with a joy that will last.
Grace grows within us when Good News is shared,
When hearts spring open and sorrows are bared.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Our joy grows with us like a mustard seed,
Conceived in secret in hearts that believe.
For we reap so much more, so much more, than we’ve sown
Thru a power so much greater, always greater, than our own.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

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The Holy Father’s Monthly Prayer Intentions
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DAILY INSPIRATION

April 26, 2019

Scripture

Jn 21: 1-14

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples.

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. Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” He said to them, “Cast the net to 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 because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”

When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.”

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

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Ignatian Reflection

Children of God

Enter John’s narrative with its explosive symbolism – the boat, water, fish in the boat, in the water, over a charcoal fire, served with bread. The boat is Church, the water a normally stormy world but calm today, its concession to Christ’s presence. The stony beach on a fresh, cool but warming, sun-filled morning – Christ’s kingdom. Jesus, alive, transfigured, not atop heavenly mountain but here, in the now. Peter, diving into the water, cleansing himself of denial and weakness. Fish, we are the fish (and the fishermen), in the Church, in the world, dying to the world, integral to his communion.

Christ risen, sharing bread and fish with those who left him to die alone. Abandoning not those who abandoned him but making them fishers of men, inviting them into his kingdom. On a perfect morning Christ joyfully, unconditionally loving, calling to his doubting, broken apostles (and us), “Children.”

Stephen Hutchison founded and leads Revitalization 2000, Inc., a nonprofit organization that emerged from St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church to assist its Ignatian-based mission to serve the poor in the surrounding neighborhood of north St. Louis.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

An Easter Prayer

Christ, as You did that perfect morning
call out to us amidst our daily toils
and invite us
Your children
into communion
forming us
in whatever we do
into fishers of men.

—Stephen Hutchison

Please share the Good Word with your friends!

LENTEN REFLECTIONS

Jesus’ Resurrection

During Lent, JesuitPrayer invites you to reflect on some of the major themes of the Spiritual Exercises. Our featured presenter, Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ, offers nine short video reflections, beginning Ash Wednesday. New videos will be posted each Sunday through the Feast of the Divine Mercy, April 28, 2019. Click here for all videos.
Video Transcript
My former religious superior, Fr. Bob Lab, loved dessert. Toward the end of each meal he would hold his fork high, smile, and say: “The best is yet to come!”

He also used to preach his retreats on the Resurrection. Holding his fork high he encouraged us to rejoice for… “The best is yet to come!”

In the meditations on Christ’s resurrection, St. Ignatius invites us to pray for that gift of joy – a joy is not based on some naive optimism but rooted in the deep belief that Christ has been raised from the dead. And one day we, too, will be raised, and the fullness of his victory over sin and death will be fully realized. For indeed “ The best is yet to come!”

Pope Francis has written that too often we walk around like we live in a perpetual Lent or like we’ve just come back from a funeral. We are an Easter people. St Ignatius invites us to meditate on these stories of Christ’s resurrection and pray for the grace to live that joy. So…

Let us bid goodbye to a sourpuss faith,
Living stoic of soul with a vinegar face,
Mourning each evening in funereal processions,
Grabbing and grasping our precious possessions.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Let us bid goodbye to a pickle-faced fast,
Feast on His mercy with a joy that will last.
Grace grows within us when Good News is shared,
When hearts spring open and sorrows are bared.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!

Our joy grows with us like a mustard seed,
Conceived in secret in hearts that believe.
For we reap so much more, so much more, than we’ve sown
Thru a power so much greater, always greater, than our own.

Let us rejoice in the joy of the resurrection!
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THE POPE'S PRAYERS

Pray with the Pope

The Holy Father’s Monthly Prayer Intentions Brought to you by Apostleship of Prayer the first Friday of each month.

PRAYER REQUESTS

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

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Video Examen

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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