After the experience of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, it seems like Peter and some of the disciples returned to what they knew – fishing. The frustrations of everyday life (not catching any fish) brought Peter to lose focus on the Lord and then to become disillusioned with his life. “It is the Lord” the beloved disciple tells Peter. That brings Peter to refocus and return to relationship with the risen Lord who feeds, forgives and missions him again.
Even though we have just celebrated the victory of our Lord over sin and death, we like Peter, can lose our Easter joy, hope and energy upon returning to our everyday responsibilities. Like Peter, we become disillusioned because we forget to look deeper to discover that the Lord is with us. We all sometimes need to be reminded and to remind each other that “it is the Lord” in our everyday lives. Living in relationship with the risen Lord feeds us, forgives us and reminds us that he is trusting in each of us to carry his mission of love to the world.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC