The memory of the final victory. The “roasted fish” for man in the resurrection of Christ

Father Gabriele
Homiletics of the Fathers of The Island of Patmos

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THE MEMORY OF THE FINAL VICTORY. THE "ROASTED FISH" FOR MAN IN THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST

"Love is the link in a chain that begins with a glance and flows into the eternal"

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Author:
Gabriele Giordano M. Scardocci, o.p.

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We apologize for the hypersensitivity of the members of the “vegan religion”, but Jesus Christ ate the roasted fish (cf.. LC 24, 35-48)

On this Sunday of Easter time we continue to meditate on the apparitions of the Risen One. This is an ongoing exercise in repeating and memorizing the great Easter events. In fact, one of the things that our society lacks most is the aspect of memory. We easily forget the beautiful events, or those of suffering that have happened to us. Memory is instead one of our most important faculties, also for understanding and elaborating the world around us.

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We too easily forget the center of our faith: the crucifixion and resurrection. However, Scripture promptly reminds us of this. In fact, in today's Lucanian Gospel we read:

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"During that time, [the two disciples who had returned from Emmaus] narravano [to the Eleven and to those who were with them] what had happened along the way and how they recognized [Jesus] in breaking bread " (LC 24, 35-48].

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The same disciples of Emmaus they tell the eleven what happened: Jesus broke bread with them. There is an element of narration, of story, and above all to remember that it was in that broken bread that they recognized Jesus. This is also true for us today: in fact when in the Holy Mass we see the priest breaking the bread, we see Jesus the Eucharist present among us. In that break, we remember and relive the sacrifice of Jesus in a memorial that is vital to us: Jesus offers himself in the Holy Mass, without loss of quality of the meal, to give us grace and eternal life.

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Here then is the memory of Christ's sacrifice for us. Vital and foundation of our earthly life on the way to holiness. Now Jesus after his sacrifice of the Passion is truly risen. And so it appears immediately between the apostles and the two of Emmaus to confirm that it is all true. Jesus is not a ghost of the gods film horror. It is indeed he in the glorified risen body:

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"But he said: “Because you are upset, and why doubts arise in your heart? Look at my hands and my feet: It's really me! Touch me and see; a ghost has no flesh and bones as you see I have ". By saying this, he showed them his hands and feet. […] “You have here something to eat?”. They offered him a portion of roasted fish; he took it and ate it in front of them " [LC 24, 38-43].

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This Luke dwelling on a roasted fish it may seem like an insignificant detail. Instead the fish is a Greek acronym that recalls the Mystery of Christ, savior and redeemer, the greek ichtus (Iesùs Christòs theòs uiòs sotèr, Jesus Christ Son of God the Savior). It is therefore a second reminder, a powder’ hidden perhaps this time, to his redeeming passion.

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Finally, Jesus is explicit. The center of understanding the scriptures and the word of God is his Mystery of Crucifixion.

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"Then he opened their minds to understanding the Scriptures and said: “So it is written: Christ will have to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and in his name conversion and forgiveness of sins will be preached to all peoples, starting from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of this "" [LC 24, 47-48].

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From that crucifixion and resurrection, the disciples and apostles are witnesses and preachers. This is why this mystery has been transmitted over the centuries and has come down to us through the Successors of the apostles. Therefore remembering that the center of everything is the risen Christ, in joy and peace, even our daily life, illuminated and galvanized by faith it changes. Because it is poured out by the peace and goodness of Jesus. Therefore, every moment of life should not be forgotten, but placed under the Easter lens. Knowing that in the darkest night or the strongest light of our life, Jesus makes us witnesses of his joy.

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This completely transfigures everything and invites us to take a different look at the world. Not a silly or careless look; but a resurrected look in Christ. As winners with him, on the path of the Church, in the Catholic faith. The Lebanese poet Khalìl Gibran wrote:

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"Love is the link in a chain that begins with a glance and flows into the eternal".

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Let us ask the Lord for the grace of the love of charity and with the help of the tenderness of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we will scrutinize the whole world with the charitable gaze of the Trinity.

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Rome, 18 April 2021

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3 thoughts on "The memory of the final victory. The “roasted fish” for man in the resurrection of Christ

  1. Dear Father Gabriele,

    this centrality of the act of eating has always struck me: from eating the apple, with which original sin is perfected, to the recurrence of banquets in the Gospels, until the Eucharist, of which, perhaps, this roasted fish is a lure. Eating seems to me to express our creatural dependence (we are not absolute and self-subsisting beings), the need to assimilate and nourish ourselves. Jesus makes it an occasion of authentic communion.
    Feasting is to Jesus as dialogue is to Socrates.

  2. La differenza tra l’uomo (immagine di Dio) e l’animale sta quasi tutta nel diverso modo di gestire la comune necessità di nutrirsi. Ciò che da sempre caratterizza l’uomo rispetto all’animale è il gesto conviviale, il rito della condivisione del pane sulla tavola apparecchiata per il sostegno del corpo e il nutrimento della vita. Condividere il pane è un pocondividere la propria stessa vita perché con il sudore della propria fronte ce lo si è procurato; simmetricamente, non si può condividere con altri la propria vita senza condividere con loro anche il pane. Non è solo una similitudine quella tra il pane e la vita, c’è una tale connessione intrinseca di significato da creare un’identità di concetti, come quella tra il tetto e la casa. In Gesù questa identità ideale diventa addirittura un’identità ontologica: Egli si fa pane in sostanza per essere nostro nutrimento di vita in essenza. Il pane diventa così figura e insieme realtà della sua vita (eterna) condivisa con noi, non solo e non tanto perché con l’incarnazione Egli abbia voluto piantare la sua tenda in mezzo a noi, but why, così facendo, ci ha voluto per sempre con Lui nel Suo Regno.

    Here, then, come il semplice sedersi attorno alla tavola di una mensa familiare sia da sempre la prefigurazione del gesto liturgico del sacrificio eucaristico, a sua volta figura del banchetto celeste come Gesù stesso ha mostrato ai suoi mangiando prima con loro la Pasqua e, and then, da Risorto, il pesce arrostito, suo potentissimo σύμβολον.

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