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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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Seeking Refuge, Finding Peace

Hiding out from those who had crucified Jesus, the disciples had barely digested the news of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus when suddenly he stands among them. Can you imagine the emotions they felt—that you would feel if a deceased loved one shows up in your living room? Joy, confusion, disbelief. Hesitation, shock, fear. Utter amazement!

Jesus understands his friends’ emotional roller coaster, so he calms their inner chaos: “Peace be with you.”

A few days before, the disciples had deserted Jesus. Were they afraid he would be angry and disappointed with them? Yet there is not a hint of reproach when Jesus reassures them, “It is I myself.” No blaming or shaming. Just peace. And Jesus is hungry—for something to eat and the companionship of his friends.

Are you hungry for the peace that Jesus offers? Today take refuge in quiet companionship with him breathing in his peace.

Diane Amento Owens is a spiritual director who encourages her directees to see the world through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.

 


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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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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.

 


Ignatian Reflection

Seeking Refuge, Finding Peace

Hiding out from those who had crucified Jesus, the disciples had barely digested the news of Jesus’ appearance on the road to Emmaus when suddenly he stands among them. Can you imagine the emotions they felt—that you would feel if a deceased loved one shows up in your living room? Joy, confusion, disbelief. Hesitation, shock, fear. Utter amazement!

Jesus understands his friends’ emotional roller coaster, so he calms their inner chaos: “Peace be with you.”

A few days before, the disciples had deserted Jesus. Were they afraid he would be angry and disappointed with them? Yet there is not a hint of reproach when Jesus reassures them, “It is I myself.” No blaming or shaming. Just peace. And Jesus is hungry—for something to eat and the companionship of his friends.

Are you hungry for the peace that Jesus offers? Today take refuge in quiet companionship with him breathing in his peace.

Diane Amento Owens is a spiritual director who encourages her directees to see the world through the lens of Ignatian spirituality.

 


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

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.

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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