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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Letting go of a favorite fishing spot

"Jesus said to them, 'Children, have you caught anything to eat?' They answered him, 'No.' So he said to them, 'Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something.'” Jn 21: 5-6

Easter seems never to stop challenging us. As soon as we think we understand our faith, Jesus changes everything. Why would he ask his disciples, experienced fisherman, to throw their nets to the right side of the boat?  Aren't we supposed to find God and God's desire for us in the same actions and spiritual practices each day? Easter's answer is clear but upsetting. We must learn to find God everywhere, not just in the Torah or the Bible, in Judaism or Christianity.

Though familiar, Jesus' answer is demanding. We are not to throw away anything of the Law and Prophets, but find a way to fold in all that is, all people and all creation, into building God's reign. We are God's chosen people, not to isolate ourselves and delight in our call, but to proclaim God's goodness to all people, and to challenge them to see themselves as God sees them. All are God's children. Everyone has a right to the unconditional love of God, and unless we throw our nets to the other side of the boat, we will never discover this.

Today, let God guide your life. Take a different path or street on your way to or from work.

What most surprises you about the Easter mysteries?

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