THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER
That indeed was one of the most blessed breakfasts. Jesus cooked it for them! Jesus had handpicked each of them, assigned them roles, trained them personally, and looked after them for the last three years with a purpose. But they drifted away because the death of Jesus on the cross ruined all their faith. Though it was foretold, though they had apparitions of the resurrected Jesus, they are quietly returning to the old trade. Or maybe they had nothing else to do on that night. Or even they wanted to forget and escape the recent past.
But by morning they had one more forgettable night behind them. But Jesus made it a memorable morning. It was not the morning light that helped John identify Jesus, but the miraculous intervention of Jesus. They thought they were masters of fishing. But Jesus so gently taught them who is the master of the sea, land, and heaven. Then He gently invited them for a simple breakfast.
Remember your childhood. You did something offensive against your parents, and you know they are aware of it. You were expecting a nice rebuke, but your mother, as if nothing had happened, calls you with your favorite dish on the table. The shame of the crime and the fear of punishment just vanishes into thin air. The bond of love is ever stronger.
Jesus did that miracle that morning. We love and thank our parents for repeating that miracle.
Our generation has to learn a lot from the tables Jesus set. A lot can happen around a dining table. As you nourish your bodies, you can nourish your mind and spirit at your dining table. Make it your family tradition that the entire family is around the dining table at least for a meal every day. Cheer one another, exchange happiness and share your love without measure. Cook together, enjoy together and even do the washings together. Let the mobile phones sleep, and your televisions rest. Your social media friends can wait. Your job and your boss at the office are far less important compared to your family.
When you are happy around the table as a family, you can spot Jesus with you, as John recognized Jesus through the mist. Make sure that Jesus is with you throughout.
When Jesus told us to repeat His supper, He also meant to repeat it in our humble homes as well. Every holy mass we celebrate reminds all of us to share our meals, anxieties, forgiveness, happiness, concern, and love with the members of our family and community. Let nothing prevent you from the joy of shared meals and love. And let Jesus be the permanent presence when you are around the table for your family meal.