April 25, 2014

Easter Fri.

April 25, 2014:  Easter Friday (Friday in the Octave of Easter)

  • Acts 4:1-12  After the cripple had been cured, leaders questioned Peter and John:  “By what power have you done this?”  Peter:  “In the name of Jesus Christ whom you crucified and God raised, the stone you rejected that became the cornerstone.  There's no salvation through anyone else.”
  • Ps 118:1-2, 4, 22-27a  "The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone."  His mercy endures forever.  This is the day the Lord made; rejoice in it.
  • Jn 21:1-14  Peter with other disciples at Sea of Tiberias:  “I'm going fishing.”  They caught nothing.  At dawn, Jesus was on the shore, but they didn't know it was Jesus:  “Cast the net over the right side.”  They did and couldn't pull it in.  “It's the Lord.”  Peter jumped into the sea; they dragged in 153 big fish.  Jesus:  “Come, have breakfast.”
Pope FrancisTagxedo word cloud 4-25-14
  • To compatriots of the new Pope saints:  Thank God for John Paul II's tireless service, spiritual guidance, and witness of holiness.  By his faith, love, and courage, he helped believers not to be afraid to be Christians and speak the Gospel.  Thank God for John XXIII's holiness, and remember where it germinated:  a land of faith lived in poor, loving families sharing in simplicity.  Both popes advanced the renewal of Vatican II.  May they inspire all to find new ways to build co-existence based on fraternity and solidarity.
  • Mass for new St. José de Anchieta, Jesuit missionary to Brazil:  He knew how to communicate what he experienced with the Lord, what he saw and heard, to fill others with the happiness that comes from knowing and loving the truth.  He wasn't afraid of joy.
      • Creighton:  God cares about our needs (note the fish fry), knows things we don't, and, has a simple plan for salvation.
      • One Bread One Body:  We've all been handicapped since birth—from unbelief, fear, isolation...—but Jesus can heal us.  Let him heal you, then proclaim his resurrection.
      • Passionist:  It was natural for the disciples to return to their old life/work after Jesus was crucified.  The risen Lord met them where they were and called them again.  The same Lord meets us where we are—in Scripture, through people, in the breaking of the bread.  Our response can bring healing, miracles, and joy, as in the early Church.
        The Second Miraculous Draught of Fish/ Tissot
      • DailyScripture.net:  Discouraged Peter didn't know what to do after Jesus was crucified.  The gospel recalls Lk 5:4-11, when after the catch Jesus told Peter he'd be catching people.  Do I run to the Lord when I meet disappointments or trials?  Jesus proved he wasn't a ghost by preparing and eating breakfast.  Peter's "It is the Lord!" contrasts with his earlier denials.  Jesus reveals himself to us as we open to him.
      • Moved to greater love:  Pray for grace to show Resurrection hope.  How do I handle bad news?  Do my words and actions attract others to Christ?

      • "Question mark" tie pin:  Leaders questioned Peter and John (1st reading)
      • "Dove with keyboard" tie pin:  Peter was filled with the Spirit (1st reading)
      • "Children holding hands" pin:  They laid hands on Peter and John (1st reading)
      • "Stone" tie pin:  the stone you rejected has become the cornerstone... (1st reading, psalm)
      • "Eyeball" tie pin:  ...it is wonderful in our eyes (psalm)
      • "~153 fish" tie:  153 fish caught (gospel)
      • White shirt:  color of day/season
      Dress your life!

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