The Resurrected Christ desires to dine with us
Gospel of the Day: John 21:1–14
Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
He revealed himself in this way.
Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus,
Nathanael from Cana in Galilee,
Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.
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.
When it was already dawn, Jesus was standing on the shore;
but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.
Jesus said to them, “Children, have you caught anything to eat?”
They answered him, “No.”
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.
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.
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.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
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.
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.
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them,
and in like manner the fish.
This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples
after being raised from the dead.
Disciples on the Journey
Take a moment to enter the scene, walk with the disciples, and encounter the Risen Christ
We know this scene well. The stage is being set for Jesus to restore Peter (but today’s reading does not take us that far). Peter denied him by a charcoal fire. Now Christ forgives his betrayal and continues to prepare his disciples for their mission. But let’s set aside what we know about what happens next. The focus of this Easter reading is that moment in which we move from not recognizing Jesus—Jesus who is present yet hidden—to the moment of realization: It is the Lord! My Lord, my God! ♣
The Resurrected Christ has appeared with his wounds. He has told his disciples, who will go through much persecution and be killed for their faith not to be afraid. The Risen Jesus enters the daily lives of his disciples and meets them in their ordinary work and needs. He strengthens them. He guides them. We, too, can expect to meet the Risen Lord in the same places, and in his church we receive his strength and guidance.. Come, have breakfast.
The disciples do not recognize him at first. A miraculous catch of fish causes Peter to exclaim “It is the Lord!” and jump into the sea. All for All. This is the precious moment of wonderment and awe. The heart of Peter, who wept bitterly at his betrayal of Jesus, who was still working out his faith one day at a time, rises to a new height. The love of Jesus is still his.
God humbled and lowered himself to the likeness and limits of man, takes on himself the burden and punishment merited by our sin, allows himself to suffer torments and die. That we may have life. Without Jesus we cannot ascend to God. Out of love, God descends to us. Though Jesus has ascended to the Father and sits at his right hand, he continues to descend and humble himself by becoming the Bread of Life. He is ready to meet us at the dawning of each new day. He hungers to feed us that we may have life to the full. Laudetur Jesus Christus
Question of the Day
- When have you recognized Christ showing up in your life, and how have you responded? Do you exclaim “It is the Lord!”?
- Like Peter, are you ready to give All to the one who is All? (If not, to what, if anything, do you give your all?)
- Do you recognize Christ in the Eucharist?
- Will you meet Christ at his Eucharistic table? Do you approach in wonderment, awe, and gratitude?