Homily for Friday within the Octave of Easter Year A
Theme: That Night, They Caught Nothing
By: Fr. Evaristus Abu
Homily for Friday April 17 2020
(Read Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118 and John 21:1-14)
“Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat; but that night they caught nothing” (John 21:3).
Our Gospel passage this morning concludes with the statement: “This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after He was raised from the dead.” This means that before this fishing episode, Jesus had already appeared to His disciples twice. It appears that seeing the Risen Jesus was not enough to convince Peter and the other disciples that their task henceforth was to fish for men.
The failure of these disciples that night became a blessing in disguise. It was important that they failed so that it would become clear to them that they had a more important assignment than the business of catching fish. The last time Peter had this experience, Jesus borrowed his boat to preach during the day and told Peter to let down his nets for a catch. Peter protested saying they worked all night and caught nothing and when he obeyed, he pulled such a large number and they called their partner boat to assist.
This time around, Jesus stood on the beach and called out to them. When he told them to try one more time, they got such a huge catch that Peter once again recognized Divine Providence. John tells us they were a hundred and fifty-three fish. Note that this was the number of the known nations of the world as at that time. It was a reminder to Peter that: “Henceforth you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10).
In today’s first reading, we see that Peter is no longer having double minds about his calling. He is not afraid of where the next meal would come from neither is he afraid of speaking directly to the very persons who connived to falsely accuse Jesus and ensure His crucifixion. Peter stood up to address the rulers and elders and scribes who were gathered in Jerusalem concerning the cripple who was cured by the Beautiful Gate.
Peter ended his message by saying: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This remains the message for us in this time of uncertainty. Jesus alone is the answer. Let us run to Jesus with faith and confidence and He will not let us down.
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, deepen my trust in your Divine Providence. Amen.
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of Easter Octave. Bible Study: Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118 and John 21:1-14).