Faith and Family for May 5: Cast Your Nets

Posted by Susan Hines-Brigger on 5/1/19 7:00 AM


JN 21:1-19

At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee's sons, and two others of his disciples.
Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing."
They said to him, "We also will come with you."
So they went out and got into the boat,
but that night they caught nothing.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?"
They answered him, "No."
So he said to them, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something."
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.

Click here to read the rest of the Gospel. 


by Father Greg Friedman, OFM

Shortly before his death, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago launched “Common Ground.” Distressed by the polarization among Catholics, he believed that people of good will, who agreed on basic Catholic doctrine, even while expressing diverse viewpoints within the Church, could come together and seek to listen to one another.

Today’s first reading reminds me of Cardinal Bernardin’s dream of reconciliation. Centuries ago, Jewish and gentile Christians found themselves disagreeing on how to follow Jesus. Trusting in the Holy Spirit, they prayed, shared their different approaches—and we read the result today.

The Gospel this week also reflects something of the early community’s uncertainty about its future. At the Last Supper, the disciples realize Jesus is about to leave them. They’re troubled and afraid, not knowing how they will survive without him. Jesus assures them that he will send “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,” who will teach them and remind them of all Jesus told them. In effect, Jesus is promising that the Church can always rely on the Spirit to guide it in troubled times.

When we face difficulties and even disagreements within the Church, we mustn’t forget what Jesus promises in today’s Gospel: He sends us his Spirit to be our “Advocate” and teacher. The Spirit will help us discover the peace that Jesus gives—a peace the world does not know.



by Father Dan Kroger, OFM

  • According to the first reading in Acts, the Apostles disobeyed the Sanhedrin, the council of Jewish leaders. Why was their response a challenge to them?

    The Sanhedrin still ordered the Apostles not to speak about Jesus. Who were the ones really on the side of God about what happened to Jesus?

  • John recounts his vision of God’s throne in the second reading. What were the angels saying about the Lamb of God?

    What was the response of “every creature in heaven and on earth?”

  • The Gospel tells the story of how Jesus appeared to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. What did Jesus do to help the Apostles catch some fish?

    Jesus roasted fish for the Apostles’ breakfast. Have you ever had roasted fish for breakfast?

    After they ate breakfast, Jesus told Peter to “Feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” What did Jesus tell Peter about how he would die?


by Susan Hines-Brigger 

  • Prepare this delicious 'Filet of Soul' recipe for dinner. You can also find other recipes here.

  • Watch this video of Father Dan Kroger, OFM, about Matthew 4:19, the Gospel passage where Jesus tells the disciples he will make them "fishers of men."
  • Play a friendly game of "Go fish" with your family.


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