When Peter, a Galilean fisherman delivered his speech with undaunted courage addressing the powerful and wealthy people in the land he spoke as a judge. He was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. This was the court that condemned Jesus to death, but with a spirit of determination he was able to go on despite the danger of a worse outcome. Today’s Gospel proclamation says that 153 fish were caught. Saint Jerome says that this number symbolizes the gathering of the people of all the nations. The nets did not break despite the large haul. Jesus is always present with us and within us. We are called to be missionaries in the circle of influence God has placed us. If we set out on that mission with surrendered hearts and purpose driven lives based on Kingdom values, we too will preach the Gospel with our lives. The impact we can have on our families, the place we live in, our communities, the country and the world is enormous. Our lives can be shining examples of God’s unconditional love.
Prayer: Abba Father, may the power of the resurrection make a difference in the world we live in. Amen.