Pondering for Friday, April 17, 2020

Eucharistic Readings for Friday of Easter Week: All Years

“When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” (John 21:9 – 10)

The just caught fish in this case is an example of the bringing together of new people to Christianity and those who have long been members. They did this around food wherein our Lord Jesus again took the fish, blessed it and divided it up and then gave it to them to eat. Our Lord Jesus seems to be a person who enjoys good friends with good food.  Notice too that there is also the requirement for those joining to bring something where he says, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” We are all participants and partakers in the feast with Jesus.

This was a fish breakfast! I wonder if it is on purpose that this reading is scheduled on a Friday. When I was in seminary a few of us from our dorm would go to Eastern Market in D.C. on Saturday mornings for a fish and grits breakfast.  It was great. Meals are truly the meeting place for people to reduce differences and become spiritual family.  I had an old 1978 Mercury Marquis in those days. It was huge.  Five of us would climb into that car and head for Eastern Market.  There was always excitement about going there and just being together.  We talked and joked all the way there.  This was kind of like the excitement Peter had when he was told that it was the Lord that was talking to them from the shore.

Maybe, just maybe this “stay at home” policy of the Coronavirus is making us re-discover our home prepared meals again. And perhaps on occasion, we will bring someone among us whom we trust to be honest about where they’ve been and the condition they are in. I have been so blessed. Shared meals are the best meals. I so love my friends in the faith and the faith of my friends.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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