Ninth Station

NINTH STATION: JESUS REVEALS HIMSELF TO HIS DISCIPLES BY THE SEA OF TIBERIAS

P  We adore You, O Risen Christ, and we bless You.

A  Because by Your resurrection, You have given life to the world.

R  From the Gospel according to John (Jn 21:1-9, 13)

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?” “No,” they answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

Reflection on Pier Giorgio from a testimony by Antonio Cairola

One day—we were on holidays with friends—I came back late and in spite of my efforts to be quiet I woke him up; and as I was apologizing he said, “I am glad you did, I have forgotten to say the rosary and so we can say it together.” He got off the bed, knelt down and we started both to pray. I could not help admiring his gentleness of an apostle, prepared to say a second rosary to make sure that I prayed as well.

P  Let us pray

A  Oh Father, You made Pier Giorgio a true fisher of men, never tiring in his zeal to provide spiritual nourishment to his friends. Help us to imitate his gentleness when sharing our faith with others. Amen.

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