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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:05 pm 
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In the Gospel of John for the Third Sunday of Easter, Chapter 21 Verse 11 states: Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them. What is the significance of the 153?


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It's more than 152, but fewer than 154. :fyi:

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As today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, why not check his commentary on the Gospel of St. John? Check the following link:

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/John21.htm

Hint - check paragraphs 2604 and 2605.

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AUG. In the draught before, the number of the fishes is not mentioned, as if in fulfillment of the prophecy in the Psalm, If I should declare them, and speak of them, they should be more than l am able to express, but here there is a certain number mentioned, which we must explain. The number which signifies the law is ten, from the ten Commandments. But when to the law is joined grace, to the letter spirit, the number seven is brought in, that being the number which represents the Holy Spirit, to Whom sanctification properly belongs. For sanctification was first heard of in the law, with respect to the seventh day; and Isaiah praises the Holy Spirit for His sevenfold work and office. The seven of the Spirit added to the ten of the law make seventeen, and the numbers from one up to seventeen when added together, make a hundred and fifty-three.
GREG. Seven and ten multiplied by three make fifty-one. The fiftieth year was a year of rest to the whole people from all their work. In unity is true rest; for where division is, true rest cannot be.
AUG. It is not then signified that only a hundred and fifty-three saints are to rise again to eternal life, but this number represents all who partake of the grace of the Holy Spirit. which number too contains three fifties, and three over, with reference to the mystery of the Trinity. And the number fifty is made up of seven sevens, and one in addition, signifying that those sevens are one. That they were great fishes too, is not without meaning. For when our Lord says, I came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill, by giving, that is, the Holy Spirit through Whom the law can be fulfilled, He says almost immediately after, Whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of hearer. In the first draught the net was broken, to signify schisms; but here to show that in that perfect peace of the blessed there would be no schisms, the Evangelist continues: And for all they were so great, yet was not the net broken; as if alluding to the case before, in which it was broken, and making a favorable comparison.

http://dhspriory.org/thomas/CAJohn.htm#21

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One of the major themes of St. John's gospel is that when God gives, he gives in abundance, he doesn't just give the bare minimum, he gives far more than is necessary, 'my cup runneth over' the Psalmist says.

Other examples of this include the wedding at Cana, where Our Lord changes water into wine, he is not content with making a little bit of wine, but he makes enough wine to fill 6 stone jars. It is difficult to determine just how big these jars were, but most modern estimates are that they held somewhere between 20 and 30 gallons. Which means that he made more than 100 gallons of wine, which is far more than the guests at the wedding could possibly drink.

Another example is the multiplication of the loaves, and John tells us that even after 'everyone had their fill' there were still 12 wicker baskets of leftovers.

So the main significance is that 153 is a lot of fish, far more than that little group could possibly eat.

When God gives, he gives in abundance.


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St. Jerome noted that 153 was commonly regarded at the time as the total number of varieties of fish to be found in the Sea of Galilee (Tiberius), and that the catch was therefore symbolic of the universal offer of the Gospel to the world.

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The Meaning of the 153 Fish
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St. Jerome noted that 153 was commonly regarded at the time as the total number of varieties of fish to be found in the Sea of Galilee (Tiberius), and that the catch was therefore symbolic of the universal offer of the Gospel to the world.

So they said “153 fish” like we’d say “57 varieties”?

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Mmmmmmmmm ... fish.

Really, people. Do I have to do everything myself?

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This video expounds the significance of 153 fish by comparing the passage with Elijah and the 153 men sent by Ahaziah to meet with Elijah.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZl2givirQU


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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
It's more than 152, but fewer than 154. :fyi:


No, it is more than 76 trombones.

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It's more than 152, but fewer than 154. :fyi:


No, it is more than 76 trombones.

Which starts with a lower-case “t,” and that rhymes with “p,” which stands for pescado, which is Spanish for “fish.” :fyi:

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Mmmmmmmmm ... pescado.

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Don’t look to me, padre. I’m beyond help. :fyi:

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En ese caso, no hay pescado para usted.

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Mmmmmmmmm ... fish.

Really, people. Do I have to do everything myself?


Want chips with that? Maybe some malt vinegar?

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