Pastor’s Desk – 3rd Sunday of Easter

With their dreams shattered by the events of Good Friday it now seems that the Apostles are anxious to get their lives back to normal. Simon Peter says that he is going fishing and some of the other disciples decide to join him. After trying all night, they have nothing to show for their labours.

As they return to the shore Jesus calls out and asks ‘have you caught anything, friends?’ No, they reply. He encourages them to cast their nets once more. Miraculously this time their nets are filled to capacity with fish. It suddenly dawns on them who this man is.

When they reach land Jesus invites them to ‘Come and have breakfast’. Though none of them asked him who he was they all knew in their hearts that it was Jesus. He shares the bread and fish with them. In the course of conversation, he asks Simon Peter three times if he loves him and gives him an instruction. The third time he tells him ‘Feed my sheep’.

We all need food daily to help our bodies and minds to function. If we don’t have regular and healthy meals, we will eventually begin to have problems. It’s the same with our spiritual lives. They need to be nourished by prayer and scripture. The Eucharist is food for the soul and gives us that spiritual nourishment we so badly need to guide and direct us.

Because we may have a busy lifestyle we can end up eating ‘fast food’ and not sit down to eat properly. So too with our spiritual lives. We need to take time daily to sit and relax, come into the Lord’s presence and allow ourselves to be present to him also. Then our own ‘spiritual nets’ will provide us with the nourishment we need for the journey.

Fr. Gerry