April 6, 2018

Easter F

April 6, 2018:  Easter Friday

See 16 connections with today?Legend  below

Pope Francis prayer intention
The economy shouldn't increase profits by reducing the workforce and so adding to the ranks of the excluded; it must place the human person first, doing everything possible to ensure opportunities of dignified work.  Pray that economists have the courage to reject an economy of exclusion and open new paths.
  • 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.”
  • One Bread, One Body:  "The tomb of sin":  Peter recognized the risen Christ when he repented of going back into fishing.  Thousands were baptized when they repented.  After his Resurrection, Jesus commanded his apostles to preach repentance and to forgive sins. Our repentance is key to meeting Christ.  Contrition and sorrow for sin open us to the risen Christ.  Repentance leads to risen life.  May we come out of the tomb of sin into the light of Christ.
    St. Peter healing the crippled beggar
  • Passionist:  Pope Francis warns against “spiritual dementia.”  Jesus must have been frustrated when the disciples argued over who was the greatest, asked him to silence others healing in his name, and were terrified when he died despite his advance warnings.  After he died, they forgot basic things he taught them.  They wondered whether their experience of him had been real.  They failed to recognize him when he stood in their midst, walked with them, or cooked breakfast for them.  We too can forget the challenges of the gospel in favor what we're comfortable with.  We can embrace the God of love but hang onto our “religion” of judgment and rules.  We embrace community so long as they're people like us.  We're in favor of justice so long as we don't have to get our hands dirty working for it.  We condemn, hold onto grudges, and believe in our own righteousness.  Spiritual dementia?  What can I do today to improve my cognition of the gospel and memory of the challenges of faith, and live my faith better?
    The second miraculous draught of fish/ Tissot
  • DailyScripture.net:  Jesus revealed himself again":  Peter was probably returning to his fishing career, discouraged after Jesus' crucifixion.  He was last commanded to let down his net after a futile night of fishing at the beginning of Jesus' ministry.  This time John recognized the Lord first, then Peter leaps to the Lord.  Do I run to the Lord when I meet setbacks, disappointments, or trials?"
Dress Legend
  • '?' tie pin:  Leaders questioned Peter and John (1st reading)
  • 'Hands' pin:  Sadducees laid hands on Peter and John (1st reading)
  • 'Stone' tie pin:  Christ, stone you rejected become the cornerstone;... (1st reading, psalm)
  • 'Eyeball' pin:  ...it's wonderful in our eyes (psalm)
  • 'Boundless mercy' pin:  The Lord's mercy endures forever (psalm)
  • 'Street light' tie bar:  The Lord God has given us light (psalm)
  • 'Fishing pole' tie bar:  “I'm going fishing” (gospel)
  • 'Boat' tie bar:  "They got into the boat" (gospel)
  • 'Fire' pin:  "They saw a charcoal fire" (gospel)
  • 'Fishes' tie:  153 fish caught; Jesus cooked fish (gospel)
  • 'Silverware' tie bar:  "Come, have breakfast" (gospel)
  • 'Wheat' pin:  Jesus gave them the bread... (gospel)
  • 'Resurrection cross' (no Jesus), white shirt and socks:  Easter day and season

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