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Easter Friday


Whenever I am in the throes of loss, confusion or unwanted change in my life, I take refuge in some activity that feels normal, fleeing to something familiar. So I really empathize with Peter’s announcement: “I’m going fishing!”

I am going fishing. (John 21: 3)

Whenever I am in the throes of loss, confusion or unwanted change in my life, I take refuge in some activity that feels normal, fleeing to something familiar. So I really empathize with Peter’s announcement: “I’m going fishing!” I would be with the six friends who immediately chimed, “Count us in!” It must have been a chance to escape into the solace of the familiar after the dizzying task of pondering Jesus’s life/death/resurrection/appearances/Pentecost events.

But of course, a no-fish day. But with a suggestion from Jesus, 153 big ones! The Risen Christ, who had stopped at the bakery for bread and charcoal for a seaside grill, lets himself be recognized.

Then it was safe—safe enough for Peter to declare his love three times after breakfast. That love was the fuel to endure beatings, nights in jail, being dragged before Annas and Caiaphas—just like the rejected Stone who became the Cornerstone.

And safe enough for Jesus to give them the mission of extending that feast to everyone—so that all are invited to bring about the new familiar world that Jesus initiated.

Isn’t that what happens to us all? We respond to the love—and before we know it: loving Jesus leads us to leave the familiar for a sea-full of surprises. Change, every day.

Sr. Janet Dohr, C.PP.S, (O’Fallon)



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