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The Jesus Effect

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The Marian Fathers present this Lenten devotional series to help you prepare to receive graces on Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday.

Readings: Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118:1-2 and 4, 22-24, 25-27A; Jn 21:1-14
Diary: 257, 1605

"Cast the net over the right side of the boat." — Jn 21:6

From the shore, Jesus remains unrecognizable to the disciples who are fishing. Jesus asks if they have caught anything. Certainly He knew they hadn't caught any fish. Why would He ask? They admit simply, "No." So Jesus advises, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat."

They could have argued with this supposed stranger. Perhaps Jesus' question earlier reminded them of their own limitations. So, after a night of unproductive fishing, the disciples humbly obey.

Once they are not able to pull in the net full of fish, John ("the disciple whom Jesus loved") is the first to realize it is Jesus. He tells this news to Peter — a man known to spring into action — who was so eager to see the Risen Lord that he jumped into the sea (Jn 21:7).

Look what Jesus' effect is! When they obey, they get more than they can haul in. Simon Peter drags the net ashore and, despite its overabundant haul, the net is preserved.

These future fishers of men are learning not to lose heart, but to trust in Jesus and humbly obey.

We readers also are gently reminded of the effect Jesus has when we cooperate with His will. What is Jesus doing on the shore? Cooking a fish on the fire … and bread. Remember the multiplication of fish and loaves (see Mk 6:30-34).

Prayer: Jesus, I trust in You to guide me.

Missed a day? See previous "From Ashes to Mercy" daily meditations.

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