THE 3RD SUNDAY OF EASTER
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Dear brothers and sisters,
The third time that Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection was the occasion for Peter to renew his love three times, and so heal the wound of his triple negation. The Gospel tells us with fresh tones what happened: after a night of empty efforts, Jesus appears and invites the disciples to cast the nets again; just as the first time some year earlier, a miraculous catch makes them realize that that man was different, special, divine. It is the Lord, said John, and from that moment, they knew that it was Him. However, the Gospel tells us that none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they realized it was the Lord. They knew, but in a different way; they knew through faith; they had the certainty that needs no questions, that knows well.
This is the kind of certainty that we need: to realize that it is Him, that in moments when we would like to ask unending questions, we can find the answer in our faith: it is the Lord. He is alive and risen; He is present even when we feel He is far away; it is Him, our Lord and Friend, more interior than our intimacy and higher than our highest. May these days of Easter be an occasion to grow in our faith, to renew our love for Him, just as Peter did, allowing Jesus to reconcile our hearts with the sweet power of his risen love.
God bless you all,