Friday of the Octave of Easter
The Appearance to the Seven Disciples
Today’s gospel account is about Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus appears to His disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. If we are to compare this appearance with His other previous appearances, Christ shows Himself when His disciples are in a solemn assembly, maybe in a religious worship during the Lord’s day or when they are all together, perhaps expecting His appearance. Some of His post-Resurrection appearances also, even in today’s gospel passage, revolve around the theme of eating or a featured meal as their setting. This is good because as what the Catholic Digest, (March 2000; Phil. ed., p.57) had said: “There is something holy and sacred about eating together, about calling down God’s blessing before and after meals. We nourish our bodies so they can do God’s work. We share food and friendship.” And the reason for this meal gathering is maybe to remind His disciples and us that He is present in the Eucharistic Meal.
But today’s appearance He shows Himself even during weekdays when they are employed in common business like fishing. In other words, Christ has many ways of making Himself known to His people even in the ordinariness of life and not only in the breaking of the Bread. He is at work in our livers. What He needs from us is to trust Him at all times. He has provided us all the means to fulfil such task.
But there are also people who have personal experiences of Jesus in their lives describe His presence in these ways:
To the artist He is the One Altogether Lovely.
To the architect He is the Chief Cornerstone.
To the astronomer He is the Sun of Righteousness.
To the baker He is the Living Bread.
To the banker He is the Hidden Treasure.
To the biologist He is the Life.
To the carpenter He is the Sure Foundation.
To the doctor He is the Great Physician.
To the educator He is the Great Teacher.
To the farmer He is the Sower and Lord of the Harvest.
To the judge He is the Righteous Judge.
To the jeweler He is the Pearl of Great Price.
To the editor He is the Good Tidings of Great Joy.
To the philosopher He is the Wisdom of God.
To the Printer He is the True Type.
To the servant He is the Good Master.
To the student He is the Incarnate Truth.
To the Sinner He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
To the Christian, He is the Son of the Living God, the Savior, the Redeemer and Lord!
And in our case how do we describe His presence in us and our knowledge of Him? Our personal experience of Him will tell us. Let us reflect these words from Helen Mallicoat: “I was regretting the past and fearing the future. Suddenly my Lord was speaking: “MY NAME IS I AM.” He paused. I waited. He continued, “When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I was. When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard. I am not there. My name is not I will be. When you live in this moment, it is not hard. I am here. My name is I AM.”