Friday 9 April 2021

About Today Readings

Easter Friday

Acts 4:1-12. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone – Psalm 117(118):1-2, 4, 22-27. John 21:1-14.

They knew it was the Lord

This beautifully-crafted account of Jesus’ third appearance seems suffused with an extraordinary light. Whereas the first appearance to Magdalen is in the risen morning light, here Jesus stands on the edge between earth and sea, in the light between night and dawn, on the threshold between now and next. Daybreak. Every sound carries pure across the water; everyday actions and gestures become sacred in their simplicity. It is as if time stands still. Each memory of this moment is laid out with aching care. It is the Lord. He is cooking fish on the shore, the savoury smells of smoke and food make their mouths water. ‘Come and have breakfast,’ he says. And as if in a dream of brimming nets and dawning knowledge, they join him, taking the fish and bread from his hands. ‘They did not dare to ask him “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord.’

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