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Sunday 3rd (C) of Easter

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Gospel text (Jn 21,1-19): Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Lake of Tiberias (…). When day had already broken, Jesus was standing on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus called them, «Children, have you anything to eat?». They answered, «Nothing». Then he said to them, «Throw the net on the right side of the boat and you will find some». When they had lowered the net, they were not able to pull it in because of the great number of fish. Then the disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, «It's the Lord!». At these words, «It's the Lord» (…). When they landed, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it, and some bread (…). Jesus said to them, «Come and have breakfast», and not one of the disciples dared ask him, «Who are you?» for they knew it was the Lord (…).

Resurrection appearances of Jesus to the Apostles

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, our attention is attracted by the disciples who, at first, do not recognize Jesus. Only after the Lord told them to cast their net in another direction, the disciple whom Jesus loved recognized Him. It is, so to speak, recognition from deep inside that, yet, is always shrouded in mystery.

After fishing, when Jesus invites them to eat, there was still a feeling of something strange ("none of the disciples dared to ask Him who He was, though they did know He was the Lord"). His materialization is consistent with the dialectic of "recognizing" and "not recognizing": He is fully corporeal, and yet, He is not subject to the laws of corporeity, the laws of space and time. In this striking dialectic, between true corporeity and freedom from the bondage of the body, the peculiar, mysterious, essence of the new existence of the risen Christ is manifested.

—Jesus is the same - had the flesh and bone of a man - and He is also the "New One", who has entered into a different genus of existence.

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