Daily Gospel Reflection for April 25, 2014



Today’s Gospel: John 21:1-14

In this Gospel, the apostles are fishing all night. They caught nothing. Then, Jesus appears on the shore (it is after He has risen from the dead and his apostles do not recognize him yet).

Jesus says to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?” After they answered no, Jesus tells them to cast their net over the side of the boat. We all know what happens next! Instantly they recognize Jesus as they pull up a net tearing from the number of fish.

This reminds me of all the times in my life when I have tried to do things MY way. Or when I have prayed to God and asked for very specific things (like to have a certain boy fall in love with me…ha!). I come up empty!

Yet, when I change my prayer slightly to be open to God’s will, my “net” overflows! For example, instead of praying for Mr. Good-Looking to ask me out, I asked God to reveal to me if I had a vocation to marriage and if so, that the right man would come along. It was not always as instantaneous as the apostle’s fish catch, but the clear answer would be revealed in time.

Within time, the apostles may have caught a fish or two or even twenty. But, the mere presence of Jesus multiplied their catch beyond their wildest dreams. The same can be true for us if we open our minds and hearts to what Jesus is asking of us.

I was at a drugstore yesterday and while I was impatiently waiting in line, I saw a picture of Jesus on a magazine cover. Instantly I felt better as I thought, “There’s Jesus. He’s here!” My thoughts started to wander as I reflected on the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Mainly, how if I feel closer to Jesus merely by seeing a picture of him at the checkout line…imagine how close I am to him at Mass when He is actually inside of me! Maybe they were deep thoughts for the checkout line, but they shifted my thought pattern in a more positive direction for the rest of the afternoon!

The physical presence of Jesus resulted in a miracle for the apostles. And, Jesus is still here (especially in the Sacraments) and can do the same in our lives if we let Him. Awesome!


The apostles did not immediately recognize Jesus on the shore. When have you failed to recognize Jesus in your life?


Please Jesus, grant us the graces to be perseverant in prayer and to be open to your will.

Copyright 2014 Trish Bolster


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Trish Bolster grew up in Massachusetts but now calls Harrisburg, PA home. After a few years of infertility, she and her husband Ryan have been abundantly blessed with 6 children in 7 years! Her Seasons blog chronicles her crazy yet wonderful journey as she attempts to raise up saints! Visit it at seasons-circleoflife.blogspot.com.

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  1. Like you I have experienced this “abundance” too. It made me realize that you don’t always have to be specific in your requests (and maybe it’s better just to be general and let God decide). I recently received a healing that taught me a LOT about healing – how to ask for it, how multi-layered it is, etc. I got my throat blessed for the feast of St. Blaise and received first an emotional healing, then a psychological one (all for the same problem). Those healings led me to recognize a partial physical healing of the troubled area. I am so happy to have received any kind of healing in this area that I don’t mind one bit if it’s not a total healing. It’s still a miracle to me.

    I love how Peter jumped into the water and swam to Jesus – he couldn’t get to him fast enough! That’s how I felt after I realized I had been healed – I couldn’t wait to tell the priest after mass, and to tell everybody I had been healed. And then I’d find myself stopping at church for a few moments while driving by just so I could go up to the tabernacle and thank Jesus again for my healing.

    I know you’ve received yours and I’m so happy for all your blessings!

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