FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
April 9, 2021
WORD of the DAY
Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We also will come with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 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. (John 21: 1-6)
How shall I live this Word?
So much effort the previous night, to note with bitterness that the nets remained inexorably empty. Empty like many of our churches, our seminaries, our novitiates, our pastoral assemblies. Faced with this emptiness, we can let ourselves be attacked by the temptation of discouragement and resignation that can be overcome only on one condition, that of remaining faithful to the Word of the Gospel. A Word that, at times, can appear difficult to understand and to realize. Just think of the request that the Risen Jesus, not yet recognized, makes to His friends when He invites them to put out into the deep again: “Cast the net on the right side”. What difference can there ever be between throwing the nets to the right or to the left? In reality, Jesus’ invitation contains an important teaching that the disciples of all times always find it a bit difficult to keep in mind: fishing can only be fruitful if one is available to live in the evangelical perspective that continually asks us to change our habit of casting the net always on the same side and in the same way. The law of “it has always been done this way” can only be overcome by the disciple who listens to the Word of the Lord with the desire to incarnate it in history.
Lord, on your Word we will cast the nets! Grant that in the mission to which You have called us, we always put what You indicate before our usual way of carrying it out. So be it!!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Christus Vivit
The mission cannot be expected to be easy and comfortable. … We hope to be grains of wheat and instruments for the salvation of humanity, following the example of the martyrs. Even though our faith is as small as a mustard seed, God will make it grow and use it as an instrument for His saving work. Friends, do not wait until tomorrow to collaborate in the transformation of the world with your energy, your audacity, and your creativity. Your life is not an “in the meantime”. You are the now of God, who wants you to be fruitful. Because “it is by giving that we receive” (cf. Francis of Assisi) and the best way to prepare for a good future is to live the present well with dedication and generosity.”
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