Friday, 10 April 2015 : Friday within Easter Octave (Homily and Scripture Reflections)

Liturgical Colour : White

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, today we continue to hear the testimonies and proofs of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which the Holy Apostles and many other disciples of Jesus and even many other people at that time. The Lord Jesus had indeed risen from the dead, and what He did at the lake in the presence of the Apostles showed that it is really Him.

But there is an even greater significance to the readings today than what we would normally appreciate. Jesus came at the time when the disciples had gone out fishing for the whole night without being able to catch any fish at all. The disciples followed His instructions and immediately, a lot of large fishes, a hundred and fifty-three in all were captured in the net.

The large fishes, all of them are a symbol of the world itself, with all of the different people, different races and the different groups who come together and are ensnared in that net held from the boat steered by the Apostles, and this represent the Church itself. The boat is the Church, and the Apostles are its helmsmen, just as our priests and bishops today, their successors, are the helmsmen of the same Church.

The water represents the darkness of the world, and the nothingness beyond God and His light. Those fishes represents all of us mankind, whom God wants to empower and take out from that world of darkness, and bring into the light through the Church. Thus, what happened in the Gospel today is the story of salvation itself, and it is still occurring even unto this day.

And it also shows us all, what we, as the members of God’s Church should do and are indeed expected to do. For there are still so many people, so many souls out there are in the darkness and longing for the redemption which only the Lord can give. It is our part to give our best to help the cause of the Lord, by working together as the whole Church, to rescue the lost souls and all those who are still in darkness, so that they may see and witness the light of Christ and be saved.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, it is the mission and the command which our Lord had given to His disciples, and through them, to us all, that we go forth into the world to proclaim the Good News of His salvation, and that by His death and resurrection, He had conquered sin and death, and make the new hope of an everlasting life available to all of us.

This Easter is the time that we renew our commitment, not only to be faithful to our Lord, but also to continue the mission which He had entrusted to all of us. If we are not there to help our brethren escape the same danger and darkness from which we had escaped from, then who else would? Our Lord wants us all to be saved, yes, indeed, but He also wants us all to do so by our own free will and choice.

There is much homework for all of us to do. We should first look into our own lives first, and ask ourselves the question. Have we indeed been faithful to the Lord through words, deeds and actions? Have we been truly faithful in the heart and soul? Have we been genuinely faithful to Him by doing all of His will, and bringing His light and salvation to all those who have yet to hear of them all?

Let us all renew our efforts, to change our own lives, and live according to the ways of the Lord, that we ourselves will be worthy to be called the children of God, and by our actions, may countless others be inspired to do the same, and be saved together as one people, one race of humanity loved by our Lord and God, He who have given Himself as a willing sacrifice to save us all. God bless us all. Amen.

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