A Reflection for Easter Sunday by Sister Natalie DeLuca, MHSH
“Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples were bold enough to ask, “Who are you?” They knew quite well it was the Lord! Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.” —John 21:12-14
Easter Sunday celebrates our historic event when a relationship with Christ became transforming. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Nothing can make up for the absence of someone whom we love.” These words might give us reason to speculate on the thoughts in the hearts and minds of the apostles. Who could possibly take the place of Jesus? The resurrection is the affirmation par excellence that the death of a loved one, the void in one’s heart, need not be permanent. For the apostles, this was the third time that Jesus’ appearance assured them that He would be always with them.
Though not recorded in any of the holy books, many believe that it certainly seems fitting that Jesus appeared to Mary. It seems more than probable that Jesus’ first appearance was to His mother, the woman who gave Him birth. With Mary, He visits and shares His rebirth.
Were there other unrecorded appearances? What do you think? What do you believe? On that brilliant, sun-drenched day, Jesus walked the earth in search of those He loved to reassure them, to comfort and encourage them.
The visit at the seashore is truly revealing. No questions asked. The breeze on the shore of the Sea of Tiberias was pleasant. The bonfire was a cheery welcome to the breakfast—a fish fry! Were the apostles startled? A bit in awe? The Lord Jesus was preparing them to look for Him in the common, ordinary events of life and to pass it on…to share the good news!
Easter Sunday is now…Easter Sunday is forever…Easter Sunday is forever! Come to the table, share your bread, believe, journey with Christ.
Reflection: What Gospel resurrection appearances are your favorites? Place yourself in the scene. What do you hear? What do you see?