April 10, 2016
Today’s gospel passage is one of my favorites. Jesus picks the first meal of the day, the one I find the most intimate to share, to give comfort to his disciples. Growing up, my mom would wake us up on weekends when breakfast was ready. My siblings and I would head straight for the table with our pajamas and puffy eyes and crazy morning hair to sleepily eat whatever deliciousness she had cooked up. I imagine that this is what the disciples must have looked and felt like after their night of fishing.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
Isn’t it a tender thing to make someone breakfast? It indicates a closeness to those who sleep, a getting up and going before those people awaken. That is how Jesus shows us who He is, by staying close to us through dark nights of slumber or trial so He can give us what we need when daylight comes. Much like one the morning of the Resurrection, He gives His disciples a surprise that reveals who He is ever more deeply. On Easter morning, He is risen and absent, shocking the disciples out of the darkness of mourning. On this morning, He is risen and present, providing for His beloved friends.
With this tender gesture, this call to table, comes a great challenge: “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
He feeds us because He knows what must be done to build up the Kingdom. He feeds us because He has completed the work of salvation and knows we need nourishment and strength.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
As Sunday draws to a close and Monday looms near, I invite you all to consider Jesus’ call to breakfast. How will you respond? Will you rise at His beckoning to do His will? Will you give Him time to feed you, spoil you, and strengthen you before you face what must be done? I encourage you to do at least once this week, if possible, what you did today: to feed on His heavenly food from the altar. Try to make it to morning Mass, and see what He prepared for you, for you and no one else. Then, with the trust in His food and His love for you, you can let Him lead you where you must go.
I ask also that you pray especially this week for mothers who are sick, mothers of sick children, and mothers who mother alone, that they may feel the companionship of our Lord and trust in the intercession of our Lady.