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What is the significance of 153?
« on: April 10, 2021, 12:27:52 PM »
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  • In the Gospel of John 21:11 Peter listens to our Lord, throws his net  on the right side of the boat and catches 153 large fish after not catching a thing all night long.

    I have heard many explanations of the significance of the number 153, from Gematria, Astrology, Mathematics ( Catholic). Since the number is so specific it  must have a very important meaning; probably layers of meaning.
    The best one I have heard is that it is a pre-figuring of the Rosary somehow- 150 Ave's plus 3 in the Introduction prayers, I guess you could say the same of the Psalms minus 3.
    Does anyone have info or an opinion of this? It has always made me wonder.

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    Re: What is the significance of 153?
    « Reply #1 on: April 10, 2021, 12:53:20 PM »
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  • I don't know where this idea came from, but I read someone say that people back then thought there were 153 different kinds of fish in the sea and they caught one of each kind of fish so it seemed miraculous.
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    Re: What is the significance of 153?
    « Reply #2 on: April 10, 2021, 01:11:40 PM »
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  • The best one I have heard is that it is a pre-figuring of the Rosary somehow- 150 Ave's plus 3 in the Introduction prayers

    Does anyone have info or an opinion of this? It has always made me wonder.

    I think the Rosary is the best explanation. Also consider what PETER IN PARTICULAR catching fish signifies. "Henceforth you shall catch men." And how are conversions made? By prayer and sacrifice. The Rosary is one of the main prayers by which graces are won -- including conversions to the Faith.
    Seems like too much to be a coincidence.

    This miracle took place AFTER the Resurrection, so it was after the Redemption was complete -- along with Mary's role in it. Her merits, earned during those trying days, were locked in as it were -- she had achieved God's will for her, completed it, it was all past tense at that point -- and that wouldn't be taken away from her.

    Mary is humble, and took a humble role in the early Church. But how does God deal with the humble? He exalts them. The Holy Ghost, Who inspired every word of Holy Scripture, seems to be showing His love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and honoring her future role as Queen of Heaven and Earth -- mєdιαtrix of All Graces. Along the lines of "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

    Because 153 is precisely the number of Hail Marys in the full Rosary. You pray the intro 3 (for an increase of Faith-Hope-Charity) then the 15 mysteries, Hail Holy Queen, ending prayer, etc. and the Rosary is complete.
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    Re: What is the significance of 153?
    « Reply #3 on: April 10, 2021, 02:02:36 PM »
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  • Not to be flippant --- that's not my intent --- but that gives me an idea for a personalized license plate:

    SAY 153

    In states that use a sequential LLL-NNN numbering system, this could occur without anyone specifically requesting it. 


     

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