Hello, Ursuline! The Gospel Preview this week prepares us for the Third Sunday of the Easter season. Please feel free to submit prayer intentions here and have a wonderful weekend!
In the Gospel reading this week, Jesus visited his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias while Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, two sons of Zebedee, and two others disciples were walking. Peter said that we was going fishing, and the others went with him. They fished all night, but did not catch any fish. At dawn, Jesus was standing there on the shore, but the disciples couldn't tell that it was him. Jesus asked if they had caught anything to eat, and they said no. He said, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something." So the disciples cast the net and they caught so many fish that they weren't able to pull it in the boat. Then "the disciple whom Jesus loved" said to Peter, "It is the Lord." When he heard this, Peter jumped into the water. The other disciples pulled the net along to the shore. When they got to the shore, Jesus was by a charcoal fire with fish over it. Jesus told them to bring over some of the fish they had caught for breakfast, and Peter dragged over the one-hundred and fifty-three fish. None of the disciples ever asked Jesus who he was, because they knew it was him. Jesus took the bread and fish and gave it to them. This was the third time Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples since the Resurrection.
After Jesus’ resurrection, Peter is the first one to see Jesus, and he is also the first one to recognize Jesus during this visitation. Jesus started his ministry with a miracle of abundance, when he turned the water at the wedding in Cana into wine, and he now finishes his ministry with another miracle of abundance. In this, Jesus fulfills our needs abundantly – just as he fulfilled the disciples spiritually through the Resurrection and physically, by making sure they had food.
In this Gospel passage, the beloved disciples recognize Jesus on the shore in a time of need. During difficult times, help seems to come from an unexpected source. We sense the presence of the Lord when we are in need of aid. God always stands with us in our struggles and never fails to be there for us. At all times we receive God's unconditional love and support, but sometimes we fail to recognize it. We must remember that God is with us through the good times and bad, and never fails to assist us in our hardships.
Have I ever failed to acknowledge God's unconditional love and support?
How can I turn to God in times of need?
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Written by Maddie Colbert '22 and Ava Place '23
Illustrated by Elle de la Garza '22