“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.” – John 21:2-7
Several years ago I attended a workshop on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The presenter began talking about the appearances of Jesus after the Resurrection and the importance of these events for the disciples. He had titles for each of the appearances. The one that has stuck with me was taken from John 21: 1-23. He called this appearance “Breakfast on the Beach”. Even now, it still brings wonderful imagery to my mind. How about you?
How easy it is for us to return to “normal” life after the celebrations of the Triduum are ended – no more special prayer services to attend, no special practices of fasting, no extra prayer time or almsgiving. We may think that nothing has changed and that life has simply gone back to the way it was. Peter and the disciples may have thought the same things as they returned to what they knew best – fishing (though it appears that they were not very good at it.). However, when the person on the beach called out to them, and they netted the big catch of fish, they KNEW it was the Lord. Peter could hardly contain his joy as he jumped into the water.
Life was not the same. The disciples could no longer look at things in the same way and neither can we. The risen Lord was there for the disciples, and he is here for us as well ready with breakfast on the beach. During this Easter time, may you come to experience the same joy that Peter and the other disciples did while having breakfast with the Lord.
Some reflection questions:
- Is there an experience in which you were personally touched by the Lord?
- What emotions were present?
- What thoughts came to mind?
- Were you challenged by the Lord to some action or change in your life?
- Are you grateful for God’s presence in your life?
If you would like to share your thoughts, please leave a comment. I’d be honored to hear from you.