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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Friday, 09 April 2021 00:00

EASTER FRIDAY

When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them,
“Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over
and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many,
the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them,
“Come, have breakfast.”
And none of the disciples dared to ask him,
“Who are you?”
because they realized it was the Lord.
Jesus came over and took the bread
and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
(Jn 21:9-14)

Breakfast by the Sea is one of my favorite Resurrection appearance stories. It’s an extra chapter that’s been added to the Fourth Gospel. And it is definitely Eucharistic . . . recalling the loaves and fishes story of the Gospel. But how tender the invitation . . . “Come, have breakfast.”
All those early morning Eucharists in the church, and it was the Risen Lord inviting us: “Come, have breakfast.”

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