Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere
I love today’s Gospel (John 21:1-14). When we look to Jesus for direction, He always answers. And He answers in tremendous ways. I love Peter’s enthusiasm to go greet Christ. He remembers he’s been a part of something like this before and he recognizes Jesus. (In Luke 5:4-11, Jesus helps Simon Peter catch so many fish that his nets tear and He invites Peter to be His disciple.) John writes, “When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea.” The Apostles had been struggling to catch fish all night, yet the moment they listen to Jesus, they are blessed beyond their wildest dreams. Better than catching fish--the Risen Lord and their best friend has come! When we recognize Christ, our eyes are opened to the fact that He already has prepared for us all that we need and desire. Notice how Jesus tells them to bring the fish they just caught to Him. All that we have, all that we have earned, have struggled for, or have been blessed with---it all comes from God. How can we not share it with Him? Or rather, how do we forget that He shares with us? Yesterday, a friend invited me to pray for 20 minutes before eating breakfast. My initial thoughts were total excuses. But I have to get my day started, I have an exam, I have to do this, that, and the other thing… But Jesus, very gently, whispered to me, “I provide. Will you share your day with me?” All my excuses melted away. Yes, Lord. Yes. I was reminded of a song my high school used to sing at Mass: “Better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere.” It is better to spend one moment thanking God than thousands doing anything else. Our days are not our own. They are gifts to be shared, because in that sharing is the glory of God and the appreciation for life. Once Easter comes and Lenten fasting is over, I often feel this relapse into selfish thinking. Now all that I gave up for Lent is mine again! I can do whatever I want! But that is far from how we should think. Everything is His. And on Good Friday, He gave everything to us: our lives and His own. His Resurrection, the ultimate sharing of new life--now that is something to rejoice about! We are immensely blessed that He shares, that He invites us to “Come, have breakfast,” in today’s Gospel. So I invite you to spend a little extra time today with Jesus. See how He provides.
Abby Kelly is a junior concentrating in English and sent us this post from Shelton, CT.