July 9, 2015
The Appearance to the Seven disciples
A reading from the Gospel of Saint John 21, 1 – 14:
After this, 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. So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad and jumped into the sea. The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about one hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. When they climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.” So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not thorn. Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.” And none of the disciples dared asked him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead.
It was cloudy for a good part of the day on Wednesday. We only had a few drops of rain. In the evening I went to the Charismatic Prayer Meeting at the church in Palmer Road. We meet every Wednesday evening. Last week I was the one who led the group in prayer. Today my sister Esther and I will go trout fishing and I hope the Lord will be with us so we can catch a good number.
You will find below the message of Our Lord and Redeemer given to Father Melvin. Jesus spoke to him these words: “It is always a joy, My brother Melvin and all My brothers and sisters who love to be with Me, to go fishing. So one evening Saint Peter and six other Apostles went fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They worked the whole night but they did not catch any fish. In the early morning I was on the sea shore but the Apostles did not recognize Me. I had lit a fire and I was about to cook breakfast for the Apostles. I asked them if they had some fish but they said no. I told them to throw the net on the right side of the boat and behold the net was full of fish. They had caught one hundred and fifty three. The first one who recognized Me was Saint John, My beloved Apostle. Once Saint John announced that I was the Lord, Peter jumped into the sea and the others came to shore in the boat. I told them to bring some fish and Peter did bring some and I cooked them. Then I called the Apostles to come and eat. So they had bread and fish and they enjoyed it.
My brothers and sisters by cooking breakfast for the Apostles, I wanted to show you all that what you are called to do is to serve your brothers and sisters and one way to do this is to prepare a meal for them. Remember I told the Apostles that I had come into the world to serve and not to be served. You are all to imitate Me. I bless you all.”