for Sunday, April 14, 2013
In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles we have the account of how the
followers of Jesus could not stop speaking about Him. On the other hand,
the Gospel recounts how they did not believe at first and were really
reluctant to believe even when they encountered Him.
Who could really believe that a dead man came back to life after being dead
for those three days? Even today some writers want to try to explain away
the Resurrection of Jesus. Some writers will claim that He was in a coma.
Others will insist that the Resurrection was a mental phenomenon. It is
just too difficult to believe that a person really died, was dead for a
couple of days and then was raised to life again by some powerful force.
The challenge for each of us in the time of the Easter Season is to deepen
our faith in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Book of Revelation
changes the perspective to the end of time, but we are not ready to do that
yet. We are challenged to believe in the here and now. If we believe now,
then our lives truly change. Perhaps they don't change immediately but we
know that Christ is always at our side, inviting us to change and to live
Jesus shows up in our lives in the most unexpected times and places.
Sometimes when we feel completely caught in sin, we can sense His presence,
inviting us to walk with Him. He does not at first even ask us to repent.
He just invites us to walk with Him and to know Him. Sometimes when we can
see no way out of a situation, we feel His presence. He does not fix our
bad situation, but He walks with us and gives us the strength to keep on
looking for a way to solve our problems.
The Gospel today is an example of Jesus showing up when the fishing had
gone bad and nothing had been caught. He tells those who are fishing what
to do and good things happen. Even then they are not really sure that it
To believe is a challenge for all of us. One of the best ways of beli
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 5.28-32, 40b-41
Second Reading: Revelation 5.11-14
Gospel: John 21.1-19
Reflections are available for the following Sundays: