Our Strength Comes from the Risen Christ

Daily Reflection- Friday, April 17th, 2020

Fair to say that inevitable transitions in life can leave us with feelings of grief and sadness for what will be lost. We can only imagine the intense sadness Peter and the disciples must have felt in the wake of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

In today’s Gospel Reading (Jn 21:1-14), Peter and the disciples decide to go fishing, hearkening back to their livelihood before they first encountered Jesus. This may have provided some kind of solace to go back to the familiar in such confusing times. But the Risen Christ meets them where they are, and though it takes some signs for them to recognize that it is, indeed, Jesus, he gently encourages them to cast their nets on the right side of the boat and the catch was incredible. At this, the disciple John recognizes the Risen Savior. Peter only realizes it is Jesus when his fellow disciple tells him.

Entrega de las llaves a San Pedro (Perugino).jpg

Delivery of the keys to Saint Peter by Perugino

Now compare that Peter to the one we encounter in today’s First Reading (Acts: 4:1-12): he is courageous and proclaims boldly the risen Christ. He has healed a cripple man in the name of Jesus, and he is not afraid to stand up to the religious leaders of his day. When the leaders question him about what power or by what name he has cured the crippled man, Peter states it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean. Guided by faith and his personal encounter with the Risen Christ, Peter goes on to clearly and concisely describe how Jesus was raised from the dead and has brought us salvation.

Saint Petere as Pope by Rubens

Saint Petere as Pope by Rubens

May we, by the grace of God have the courage and fortitude of Peter to share our faith boldly even in the face of persecution, hardships, and life’s struggles, trusting that our strength comes from the Risen Christ. AMEN.

Peace be with you!

Fr. Frank

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