The following is taken from our Rule and from Chapter 6 of Catch Me a Rainbow Too by
Lester Bach, OFM Cap. It will help us to prepare for what we will experience at
our meeting this month.
From our Rule:
The Way Of Life
#4: The rule
and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of
Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life
with God and people.
From Catch Me a Rainbow Too
“Exploring the Gospels brings us face to face with the consequences of faith. Scripture points out our way of living. We are not automatically comfortable with Biblical ideas. We may fear that we’re doing it wrong or missing the point. We may fear that the Gospel demands too much of us. It is easy to avoid living the Gospel because of fear.” (Chapter 6, P. 85)
“Francis of Assisi listened to Scripture with his heart as well as his head.” (Chapter 6, P. 85)
“Franciscans approach Scripture with heart and head working together. The study of Scripture is partnered with a feel for Scripture and Biblical people. Above all, we get a sense of who God is as we listen to the Bible.”
“The Gospels reveal the humanity of Jesus. When you read Bible stories put yourself in the story. Be one of the blind men at the side of the road shouting for Jesus. Be Mary Magdalene as she finds an empty tomb. Be Peter receiving a look across the courtyard after his third denial.”
“Franciscans can discover new insights in Scripture by taking the role of Bible characters. We begin to feel for and with people. Jesus’ presence makes a difference to them and us. Scripture becomes personal.” (Chapter 6, Pp. 86-87)
John: Chapter 21
1 After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way.
2 Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee's sons, and two others of his disciples. 3 Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We also will come with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore; but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, "Children, have you caught anything to eat?" They answered him, "No." 6 So he said to them, "Cast the net over the right side of the boat and you will find something." So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in because of the number of fish. 7 So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad, and jumped into the sea. 8 The other disciples came in the boat, for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards, dragging the net with the fish. 9 They climbed out on shore, they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you just caught." 11 So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore full of one hundred fifty-three large fish. Even though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, "Come, have breakfast." And none of the disciples dared to ask him, "Who are you?" because they realized it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. 14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead. 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." 16 He then said to him a second time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" He said to him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Tend my sheep." 17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love me?" Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, "Do you love me?" and he said to him, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." (Jesus) said to him, "Feed my sheep. 18 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." 19 He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me." 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple following whom Jesus loved, the one who had also reclined upon his chest during the supper and had said, "Master, who is the one who will betray you?" 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, "Lord, what about him?" 22 Jesus said to him, "What if I want him to remain until I come? What concern is it of yours? You follow me." 23 So the word spread among the brothers that that disciple would not die. But Jesus had not told him that he would not die, just "What if I want him to remain until I come? (What concern is it of yours?)" 24 It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.