Friday in the Octave of Easter

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.

— John 21 1-14

May the peace of the Lord be with you today. Although there are many words in today’s beautiful gospel, the word that stood out for me, that absolutely popped, was the word revealed.

Very often, in our popular culture, we very pridefully at times describe what we know, what we have discovered. The word revealed reminds us that we know little to nothing, and the mysteries that unfold before us are actually gifts from God drawing us more deeply into his mystery, calling us to be collaborators in His work.

When I reflect upon all the great things that have been revealed to us since the time of Jesus, it’s absolutely amazing. The speed of that revelation at times in the last hundred years has been astonishing. When I think about these revelations through science, philosophy, and the various fields of knowledge, it makes me stand in awe of the elegance and intricacy of God’s work. As we try to come to terms with this virus that has affected the whole world at this point, may we pray for the humility to listen and to be teachable, so that the solution to this problem will be revealed, and we can be delivered. May God’s blessings be with you today. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Friday, April 17, 2020