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Friday in the Octave of Easter, April 6, 2018

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.    (John 21:4-7)

Jesus once again reveals Himself to the Disciples and they fail to recognize Him.  Yet, even without recognizing Jesus they still obeyed when He told them where to cast the net.  A little later the Disciple whom Jesus loved told the others that it was Jesus who spoke to them.

Questions for Reflection

Why did the Disciples obey the command of an unknown person?

Why did only one of the Disciples recognize Jesus?

Why did Simon Peter jump into the sea when he heard that it was the Lord?

These questions present an opportunity to put ourselves into the Gospel story and to be present with Jesus and the Disciples.  Let your imagination help you to prayerfully reflect on the questions above.  There are no incorrect answers.  Perhaps you would like to share your answers in a blog on

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