My Dear Sisters and brothers!
When the Apostles gave Jesus the fish they gave him the deepest and darkest feelings dwelling in them. Fish is the creature living in darkness. The fish they offered Jesus was a symbol of the things they were feeding their minds and hearts with after he was arrested and then executed. However, as I said at the beginning, Jesus is going to distribute food they desperately need. This time it’s not for their tummies but for their hearts and minds. St Luke says that: “Jesus opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” Now they can feast on the life giving food: the faith in Jesus Christ who died on the cross and rose from the dead so that their sins may be forgiven. Since they came to believe in Jesus’ resurrection they start to see signs of God in the world even where they would never expect God. If God was present in the Passion and death of Jesus he must be present in all the events of their lives. Now they can celebrate Easter in its full meaning and power. The Easter grace has reached them too because Easter isn’t just about the fact that Jesus came back to life but Easter is about our rising with the Lord to new life in God. Now the disciples are ready to reflect Jesus’ way of the cross in their lives as the journey to the resurrection.
What happened that evening when the Lord appeared among them is a great promise to us too.
The Lord who fed his disciples minds and hearts with the Good News of his Resurrection is with us here. He is present here, among us as real as he was with them. Very gently he is feeding us with food which can make us people of hope and joy anchored in God.
“Have you here anything to eat” he is asking us. What is filing your heart and mind right now? Even if it comes from the deepest darkness, like the fish, don’t hesitate but give it to the Lord. Don’t pump toxics of gloomy feelings, disappointments, despair etc. into your soul any more. Don’t be ashamed, he already knows the taste of it because he tasted in on the cross. In return, however he can let you taste things of heaven. Even in a broken life there is a taste of heaven if you believe in Jesus’ resurrection and if you believe in your resurrection with him.