Homily (Reflection) for Easter Friday (Octave of Easter: Friday) (1st April, 2016) on the Gospel
Acts 4:1-12;Ps 117:1-2. 4.22-27. (R. v. 22);
Topic: Uphold your call.
In today’s gospel, seven of Jesus’ disciples fished all night without success. Jesus came to them at daybreak but they did not recognise Him. When they told Him that they caught nothing He said to them, “Cast the net to the right of the boat, and you will find some.” When they did that, they found it difficult to haul it because there were so many fish. Then the beloved disciple said, “It is the Lord!” And on hearing this, Peter who was naked put on some clothes and jumped into the sea.
Remember, when Jesus met Peter and Andrew by the Sea of Galilee casting a net into the sea He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” The bible tells us that they left their nets and followed Jesus. Similarly, James and John also left their boat and their father and followed Him, cf. Matt 4:18-22; Mk 1:16-20.
Everyone is called to different states and positions. Every state and position goes with specific tasks. And each one is expected to live out his or her own call, cf. 1Cor 12:12-31. Saint Paul admonished his son, “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophetic utterance when the council of elders laid their hands upon you” (1Tim 4:14).
Peter and his companions forgot their call to fish for people and went back fishing for fish. And this is a negation of their call.
Sometimes, we do find ourselves in the same mess. We must be careful so as not to leave our call completely or worse still devoting more time to other things. Jesus warns, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62). We ought to rekindle our call, and work out our own salvation with fear and trembling without looking back, cf. 2Tim 1:6; Phil 2:12).
Bible Reading: 1Cor 12:12-31; Phil 2:1-18.
Thought for today: Remember your call always.
Let us pray: Lord, help me to be always faithful to my call – Amen.
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